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Alex Turner's style

By Gavin Jewkes, 5 January 2014

2013 was the year Alex Turner fully emerged from his shaggy-haired, indie-rock chrysalis to become a bone fide style icon, packaged in skinny jeans, plain white tees and the kind of pomade-soaked quiff that puts Elvis in the shade. Impressively, he's done this completely unaided. That's right, the man doesn't even have a stylist.

But what real-world style lessons can we learn from the Arctic Monkeys' frontman?

With weather that switches from cold to wet (and back again) quicker than the time it takes to engineer a Turner-style quiff, it seems like the perfect time to examine his anthology of coats and jackets to inspire your choice of outerwear for 2014.
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The pea coat
The beauty of the pea coat is that you don't have to be a rock star to pull one off. Eternally cool, it won't date, so it's worth investing in quality if your wallet allows. Like Turner's, a good pea coat should be close cut and just about cover the rise of your jeans - any longer and you run the risk of looking like a human curtain.
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The leather jacket
Much like growing a beard or buying your first pint, owning a leather jacket is a rite of passage. They look best in a snug, slim fit, which means you shouldn't be afraid to opt for a size smaller than you usually wear. They come in a variety of styles, but the biker jacket is probably the most versatile, and injects your look with just the right degree of rebellion.
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The denim jacket
Maybe you're still coming round to the idea of double denim; maybe you're not... all you need to know is that Turner's a fan. But he knows how to play the game: the key to pulling off double denim is to vary your shades. As a rule of thumb, always make sure that the jeans are darker than the jacket.
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The borg collar
Not one of Turner's better known style preferences, but a good'un nonetheless. Jackets with a sheepskin trim (or borg collar as they're known in fashion-speak) have been big news over the last few months, and for good reason; it's the sort of subtle detail that lets people know you won't stand for style mediocrity when it comes to outerwear, plus it adds extra warmth.
alex turner

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The tuxedo jacket 
There are few occasions when you need to step out looking this excellent. However, as Turner proves, incorporating key evening wear items into your wardrobe for special occasions (birthday/wedding/a quiet night in...) looks really cool, as long as you've got the confidence and salon-quality hair to back it up.

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