The Ever-Changing Nature of Streetwear

To some, the term streetwear can often be misunderstood as just jeans and a baggy t-shirt – it’s so much more than that. With streetwear’s ever-changing and evolving nature, it’s hard to pin down exactly what the term means. The fashion trend is much more about expressionism and personality of young people. What do you see when you think of the term ‘streetwear’?

Whilst many may see the men’s hoodie as the typical anti-social statement, the hoodie was actually meant to keep athletes warm. But not too long after its introduction in the 30’s, the hoodie began making its way onto the streets – and with the hip-hop and skater culture of the 80’s and 90’s, brands such as Adidas and Nike took the market place. The next stage of streetwear took place when Japan, in the late 1990s, began popping up brands such as BAPE. This led the streetwear fashion onto what we have today.

With celebrities such as Kanye West introducing the hoodie into their clothing collections, it’s clear to see that this simple item of clothing has connections deep in the history of youth culture – and if history is any indication, it’s going to stay.


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However, the hoodie hasn’t always been portrayed as positive. The typical stereotype of anti-socialism and violence comes all too often comes to mind. After the loss of George Zimmerman, the fact that he was wearing a dark hoodie and looked ‘suspicious’ has come into light.

Even though the hoodie has been a staple in hip-hop culture for years, the piece of clothing is now being portrayed as criminalistic – but it doesn’t have to be…

Daniel Maree, a 24-year-old digital strategist formed the Million Hoodie March. The idea was to transform the hoodie from ‘a symbol of suspicion to a symbol of empowerment’ – in that the hoodie does not predefine the individual who wears it. Thousands of people gathered, wearing hoodies, to help prove this point.

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[1] https://www.monocloth.com/blogs/blog/the-evolution-of-streetwear

MATTER CLOTHING’S FESTIVALS AND EVENTS TO TAKE NOTE OF THIS SUMMER

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Are you running out of ideas for stuff to do this summer? Well think no more! We’ve got a few festivals and events which you should be adding to your calendars…

 

11th August 2018 – Gather your team of up to 10 people in preparation for this year’s Dragon Boat Racing and The East Anglian Festival! The 12th East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival is to be held at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft and is open to everyone – no matter the experience level! 30 teams are expected to battle it out in front of thousands of spectators over the 200m race course. For details on how to enter, click here!

 

4th September 2018 – If food and beer take your fancy, read on!… Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester will be hosting a doughnut and beer tasting event. With unique recipes and their finest draught beer, you’ll be taken on a tasting experience by their experts. If you’d like to know more or to book your tickets, head to the Three Wise Monkeys website.

 

8th September 2018 – Manson on the Moon bring their first debut festival at Trinity Park in Ipswich. You’ll hear from performers such as the British indie headliner, The Libertines. Other such as Tom Grennan, Twisted Wheel and Bessie Tunrer will also be playing. Enjoy summer with the hottest new artists and rad street food in this friendly atmosphere. Want to know more or buy your tickets? Click here!

 

8th September 2018 – Get ready for this year’s Forbidden Forest! Created by rave enthusiasts, the festival will play a variety of dance and clubbing music to keep the night alive. Hurry though, because tickets for this event are going sparse! Click here to purchase yours today.

 

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MATTER CLOTHING’S 5 SPORT IDEAS TO MAKE THE BEACH YOUR ACTIVE HAVEN

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During British Summertime, our beaches are jam-packed with sandcastles and tiny footprints. Some may see this as a sanctuary for kids, but we’ve got reasons as to how it can be just as much excitable for adults as it can children. The beach is a place where adults can thrive in competition to see who’s gonna score that next volleyball point for their team, or to take a dip and swim a couple of lengths. So, if you’re looking to sports to keep you active this summer, read on.

 

  1. Volleyball – yeah, we know we mentioned this one before, but doesn’t a volley matched with a couple of beers sound pretty darn sweet? (especially in this heat!). Next time the family’s down or you’re out with your mates, grab a couple of cold ones and start a match.

 

  1. Kayaking or Canoeing – This is a great way to enjoy the hot weather, but also to keep your fitness levels up. Kayaking and canoeing use a lot of core muscles, and so this is a great way to squeeze in that workout while relaxing at the same time – who could want more than that, right?

 

  1. Swimming – Mostly when I see people in the sea, I think ‘What a maniac’, or, ‘They must be freezing!’. But actually, swimming in the sea not only increases your mood, but also your health. The salt water can help your immune system function, improve circulation, promote overall well-being and hydrate your skin [1].

 

  1. Learn to windsurf – Try something new. The sea is full of adventure and wonder, so why not use it to your advantage?

 

  1. Not a fan of the sea? Why not try kitesurfing? Not only are these three wheeled karts considered one of the most exhilarating extreme sports, the buggy can also achieve up to 50mph – that’s quite impressive for a dune runner… Not sure where to look? Why not check out The Kitesurf Centre.

 

Got an activity that’s not on our list? Let us know! Hit up our Twitter or say hey on Instagram!


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[1] https://www.livestrong.com/article/400377-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-swimming-in-sea-water/

WORK, FREE TIME AND FITNESS – FINDING THE PERFECT BALANCE

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We’ve all felt the struggle – juggling work, our free time and then our overall fitness, too. Sometimes it can be hard, both mentally and physically, to keep up with everything, and all too often our general fitness, health and wellbeing can take a huge hit.

What’s important to keep in mind is that work is work, and therefore it should be left behind when you clock off. Taking your work home with you not only impacts what time you have for others, but can also put you in a darn horrible mood (trust me, we know!). It leaves you in an unescapable cycle, which quite frankly can always be tackled tomorrow.

Your free time is for you to chill, relax and de-stress. If you want to go out with friends, do it. If you want to catch a movie, why the heck not? Just don’t let your work and strict gym schedule get in the way – after all, everyone needs a little ‘me time’.

Although your free time is important, we recommend you try to get your physical fitness up too, whether it’s a walk round the park with the dog, a session at the gym or maybe even a dance lesson or two. We’re not saying you have to sacrifice your free time to keep your fitness up; just try to keep yourself active at least once a week (if you can do more, then great!). Keeping your fitness up not only reduces stress and anxiety, but also increases your motivation and sense of accomplishment.

Just take little snippets at a time and make your work out sessions work around you. There’s no point in overly stressing yourself because you’ve got plans up to your ears, and then after these are finally out of the way, you’ve got to go to the gym. Oh, heck no – nobody likes a ball of stress. Just find what works well for you and go for it.

Have you found the perfect balance between work, free time and fitness? Let us know how you tackle the struggle – get in touch on Twitter.

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ARE YOU ATTENDING JIMMY’S FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?

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During most of the weekends this summer you’ll either find us chilling in beer gardens or raiding the local ice-cream shops. Oh, and if you’re attending Jimmy’s Festival from 21st to 22nd July, you’re going to see us there too!

What is Jimmy’s Festival you say? It’s Ipswich’s annual celebration, where families and local foodies get together to enjoy good food and great music. Families have the option of a range of activities, from animal feeding and keeper talks, to storytelling and magic. While the rest of us (well, not us, but you can!), enjoy a nice cold ale or beer and enjoy this year’s line-up (to see which local bands are playing, click here!).

If you’re not feeling like the drive for a day’s visit is worth it, then stay the night, or three! – yes, you have the option to camp (or caravan) it up, and there’s even a designated area for campervans! If you get hold of a camping ticket, you’ll secure a space for three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at just a stone’s throw from the festival entrance. The campsite will also have entertainment and refreshments. For more details on camping, head to the Jimmy’s Festival website.

If you’re up for delicious food-tasting, stall-visiting and beer-drinking, you’ll be sure to find us. We’ll be there with our men’s collection of activewear and hands full with flyers. If you’d like to see what we’ll be selling, head to our Men’s page (Women’s to follow soon). Oh, and don’t forget to come and say ‘hey’ at our stall for a 15% off discount code from our team!

Also, if you’re attending this year’s Jimmy’s Festival, don’t forget to tag us in your posts with #MatterStyle!

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FINDING ‘THE’ PUB TO GO TO IN IPSWICH

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While the average person may constantly go to Spoons or Yates, the adventurous may seek Ipswich’s little hidey-holes and perfect getaway pubs. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below.

 

THE COSY CLUB

With hard wooden floors and furniture to fill a vintage fanatic with delight, The Cosy Club in Ipswich is the place to relax, put your feet up and eat. It’s right in the centre of town and is only a two-minute walk from the cinema. In fact, it’s in the same building!

 

ARCADE STREET TAVERN CRAFT BEER AND HERITAGE BEER

If you’re like us, and love your beer, this is the place you’ll want to head to – right now! Arcade Street Tavern will soon become your best friend – there are still far more we haven’t tried than we have tried. This pub can get quite busy, though, so be prepared for that.

 

ST JUDES BREWERY TAVERN

This is one of my favourite retreats. It’s never overcrowded, but never too quiet either. If you’re not bothered by a bit of rustic furniture and the odd leather jacket, you’ll be sure to enjoy this too. With home-brewed ales and beers, it’s the best place to spend your evenings (surrounded by high percentage beverages) … Oh, and if you bring your own tankard, you get 20p off a pint! Great people and great environment here – what can be better than that, right?

 

ISAACS ON THE QUAY

Sat right next to Ipswich’s quay is the restored historic site, Isaac’s. With four bars, a café and a rustic courtyard, what more could you want? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, pub-crawl; you name it. Situated right on the picturesque Ipswich waterfront, with boats and lights to watch while you eat and drink, I’d consider this to be one of the nicer places to visit.

 


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FROM CATWALK TO SIDEWALK – WHY THE ‘RIGHT’ SPORTSWEAR ISN’T ALWAYS NECESSARY

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We’ve all seen them; the ones who do / wear everything from the book. But are over-hyped and expensive sportswear, such as lycra, really necessary? We don’t think so at least. It’s about so much more than looking good – it’s about wearing what makes you feel confident and comfortable in equal measure.

 

Having the confidence to even exercise at all can be difficult for some. Not all of us enjoy wearing skin-tight tank tops in a room full of people. If we don’t feel comfortable in the clothes we wear, then how are we going to feel confident and motivated enough to work out?

 


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Professor Karen J. Pine of the University of Hertfordshire writes in her book, Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion, ‘When we put on a piece of clothing we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it’. Which is true. If we put on sportswear, we can’t help but feel active. But if we’re not totally happy with how it looks, then we’re going to feel less active, and a little less motivated.

 

Get that feel-good.

Regular exercise not only makes you stronger, more toned and increases energy levels, but also reduces feelings of anxiety and stress[1]. However, too much exercise can have the opposite effect / no effect at all – in that stress and anxiety are either not reduced, or even increased. From experience, we would recommend three to five days of exercise per week, with each session ranging from 20 to 60 minutes.

 

How does confidence impact the way you exercise? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook – we’d love to hear from you.

 

[1] https://www.livestrong.com/article/438937-how-does-exercise-affect-your-self-esteem/

 


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MATTER CLOTHING’S TOP 10 BEST CYCLING ROUTES IN EAST ANGLIA

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With spring pretty much here and summer soon to come, now is the best time to get on your bike and do a bit of cycling.  ‘But where to?’, you may be asking. Well, we’ve listed our top ten places to cycleto – and of course, eat lunch.

 

1 Thorpeness

Many of you may know this beautiful location as were you spent most of your childhood days, sat in kayaks or canoes, with row boats and an army of swans lingering nearby. This is the perfect setting for a country ride, with tea rooms and Southwold not too far down the road.

 

2 Rendlesham Forest

With The Tang Trail and The F.I.D.O Trail, you can take your pick of the distance you’re willing to go through the forest. The Tang Trail is roughly a 6-mile cycle, with a shortcut which can enable you to half your ride – just in case you’re really not feeling it. Or, you can take the longer, F.I.D.O Trail, which is almost 10-miles long and will take you from road, to gravel, to sand and through grass. From giant wooden bunnies, to an afternoon spent den building, this is a great place to go with family.

 

3 Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest is so much larger than Rendlesham, with lots of walks and tracks for cycling, this idyllic forest has a lot to offer. And, if you’re looking to stay overnight, you can even camp.

 

4 Aldeburgh

Do you want to know what I think about when I hear this town’s name? Fish and Chips.

This seaside location is perfect for those long cycles. The sea breeze on a warm summer’s afternoon, well that just sounds darn near perfect, and when the day is done, you can pop into town and nab yourself some (very delicious might I just say), fish and chips, but except to queue, as this is a popular dining experience.

 

5 Dedham

If you enjoy venturing into small countryside towns and villages, this is the ideal place to go cycling. With local pubs and a picturesque setting, you’ll find it hard not to buy a house there – yes, I really do like it there that much. If you’d like to know more about Dedham, check out Essex Life’s article – click me!

 

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If you’re travelling to Mersea Island, be careful not to get caught out by the tide – this hidden beauty can cut off vehicles at certain times of the day. But once you’re there, it really is worth the trip. With a little seaside village and West Mersea Oyster Bar, this island has something for everyone.

 

7 Felixstowe

This is a great place to go cycling. With parking galore, you’re bound to find somewhere to hitch up. It offers a selection of cyclingroutes. You can either go along the seafront, past the pier to Languard Fort, or you can go from Felixstowe to Old Felixstowe, or Trimley, or Kirton. And if you’re feeling really brave, from Felixstowe to Ipswich (and vice versa). The options really are endless!

 

8 Needham Lake

Not too far from Ipswich, Needham Lake is great for that morning cycle– especially when the car boot is on! With a walking and cyclingroute which takes you around the lake, this location is scenic but also exasperating – you’ll find yourself cyclingon paths to then cyclingon grass, so make sure you bring some water.

 

9 Alton Water

Alton Water is full of activities, you can pretty much do anything here from walking, to windsurfing or rowing. It has a range of terrain. You can cycleoff road and into miniature woodlands, and then onto roads and across bridges.

 

10 Cromer Sea Front

Cycling along this seafront can be quite the day – with hills and lots of tourist attractions, Cromer Sea Front sees it’s far share of cyclists who are searching for a challenge. But if this isn’t challenging enough, there is also a lighthouse trail which you can either walk, or cycle – but take my advice, bring some water or food, it’s bloody knackering.

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DOES CONFIDENCE MATTER TO YOU? GEORGE YAPP LOOKS AT A SMART PLAN

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We all know the feeling – waking up early and heading to the gym before work, only to find it jam packed with fitness fanatics and a display of physiques like you’ve only ever dreamt of. This rickety lack of self-confidence all too often obstructs us from reaching our goals and aspirations. Here, we’ll speak about how confidence is indeed everything, whether you’re taking part in sport, or just going about everyday life.

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Build a plan that is both challenging SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) – and if your plan is too easy, try and toughen it up a little. This is just one of many steps which can be introduced to increase your confidence and up that shining self-belief.

 

 

Let’s start from the top – the clothes we wear.

The clothes we wear both help express ourselves, but also are a big part in building up that puddle of self-confidence. If you’re not comfortable from square one, you’re bound to feel insecure and wish you’d really not worn that ripped tank top or that you’d put on those quirky tracksuit bottoms. Find something that makes you, you, and go with it.

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We’re not saying that you have to be fit and healthy to be confident! While most of us (including us), could give up everything for a slice of pizza right now, you shouldn’t be ashamed – you should own it.

Having strict meal plans and never-ending, soul-destroying and heart-wrenching diets only forces us to feel guilty and even less confident when we fail them, and quite a lot of them don’t even work anyway! The best way to tackle this is to slowly remove the rubbish from our diets. So, those daily pastries you love so much? Maybe reduce them to two a week.

“Confidence isn’t something which you can gain instantly, it’s something which is built up over time.” George Yapp explains. “If this is something which you’ve struggled with, try and start with the little things like finding clothes which you’re comfortable in, to trying something new like surfing or skate boarding. Quite often, once you find that you’re quite capable of adapting to new skills, you’ll feel that little confidence boost in yourself”.

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