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Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

Men’s Summer Fashion Tips – Sweat Shorts [UPDATED 2018]

How To Style Sweat Shorts

UPDATED FOR 2018

Are you looking for some casual shorts which are the ultimate in comfort, which you can wear in or out of the house? Sweat Shorts are what you’re probably looking for, and they’re a great choice to wear when the weather gets warm in the Summer.

Sweatpants have been thought of for a long time as super casual, and of course they can be worn for a laid back and chilled out style. However more recently we’ve seen a resurgence in sport luxe fashion, with higher end menswear brands showcasing their take on the trends, with casual tops and bottoms including more stylish, better cut sweat pants and joggers. From that comes the summer trend of sweat shorts, and it’s something I really like and have embraced.

You may remember I got a few pair of sweat shorts from H&M a short while ago, and I really like them. At only £8 a pair you can’t go wrong, and they are good quality with a really nice fit. The summer season is here, and other fashion labels and brands have an array of sweat shorts ready for you to buy, in a range of colours and styles.

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Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

T Shirt Tuesday! This Week’s Style: Plain White Tee

Plain White Tee For T Shirt Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

Since the Summer is here I thought I’d do a little simple weekly style feature called T Shirt Tuesday! I know what you’re thinking, the name for the feature must have taken me ages to think of 😉

To kick things off I have gone with a classic, a staple, and some may say boring choice of T-shirt; The humble plain white tee.

A lot of people write off this as just a boring item, because there’s not a lot to it, in fact it’s probably the most simple thing you could wear. Simple, but brilliant. If you’ve read my T-shirt guide you’ll know that no all tees are created equally, there’s good and bad, and having the good ones in your wardrobe gives you such a huge options when it comes to creating and picking out outfits.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been wearing a lot of sportswear, in particular the Spain shirts, since we’ve had the World Cup. I love them and have to wear them while the World Cup is going on, so my usual smart-casual style usually takes a back seat, especially on match day.

For this look I’ve kept it ultra simple and wore the T-shirt with a pair of jeans, you can’t get any simpler than that. The T-shirt I’ve went for is a Sunspel one, which is one of my looser fitting options, almost baggy.

I usually prefer a slim or tighter fitting top, but when the weather is hot and it’s really muggy, you don’t necessarily want something so close fitting to your body. It’s fairly breathable and works well, and it’s obviously a piece of menswear that you just can’t get wrong.

In the last day or so we’ve seen some rain, so I could have layered this with a shirt, or wore it with a jacket, and since it’s white, it will go with virtually anything I own. But it’s way to warm, so it’s just a case of putting up with the light showers and wearing it with nothing else.

What’s your favourite item to pair with a White T Shirt?

Friday, 13th July, 2018

Norwich Tops The UK’s Most Stylish City For Men In Poll

Norwich named top UK City for Men's Style

Norwich has been crowned the most stylish city in the UK for men according to a recent study. Researchers for Just for Men Moustache & Beard surveyed guys across the country, and it was the East Anglian city which came out on top.

It has been found that the lads in Norwich take the most pride and spend the most money on looking good, and they’re not shy about it either, with 33% of them insisting that their city is known for well-dressed, good looking men. They spend as much as £45 a month on hair and wet shaves, in comparison to the guys from Cambridgeshire who only spend £11.

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Thursday, 12th July, 2018

In 2018 Football Came Home – The England Story

World Cup 2018 - Football Came Home For England

It was a story of hope from the beginning, which is unusual for England teams in recent times. The song from 1996 came back, with the mantra being said, shouted and sung all over England for a month; It’s coming home. England did not win the 2018 World Cup, but there’s no doubt, football did come home.

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Monday, 9th July, 2018

Gareth Southgate’s Waistcoat – Get The Style [Advice]

How To Get The Gareth Southgate Look - Waistcoast Style

This World Cup has been all about the football, and it’s been brilliant. In second place however, fashion has played it’s part; We all know about the Nigeria kit which sold out when Nike took 3 million orders, but the Gareth Southgate waistcoat, has been a massive hit in Russia this year.

Do you want to dress like Gareth and get the waistcoat style? It’s easy to pull off!

When it comes to football managers there’s always been two styles; The tracksuit manager, think of Jurgen Klopp, and the manager wearing the suit, which tends to be a lot of them these days. But what do you do when it’s hot? You could be like Jorge Sampaoli the Argentina manager and wear a fitted T-shirt, or be like a smart Gareth Southgate and pull off waistcoat style to a tee.

Since this is a blog all about fashion and style, and I love football and gave the blog a World Cup theme this Summer, now is the time to talk about Garth’s trademark waistcoat style, tie and all.

Style Basics – It’s All About The Blue

The waistcoat, trousers and shirt are all blue. The shirt is a light blue or sky blue colour, with dark navy trousers and matching dark navy waistcoat. Dark and light blues compliment each other so well, and as you can see it all works. England is known for red white and blue, and the tie is exactly that. The shoes are black, keeping the outfit smart.

Get The Gareth Southgate Style - Waistcoat, trousers and tie

Where Can I Get The Gareth Southgate Waistcoat From?

I know it’s a question a lot of people are asking. Once again the tailoring for the England squad has been done by Marks and Spencer, as they have done in previous years. They’ve always created a smart style for the team, but in 2018 it’s been taken to a whole new level with the players and manager looking extra sharp.

The waistcoat is available in both a slim fit and tailored fit, made from British wool and has a 5 button style which will fit perfectly, and set you back £65. You can buy the slim fit here and tailored fit here.

Why not go the whole hog, and get yourself the full suit, waistcoat and all. The whole 3 piece suit will set you back £264 which is an excellent price, and since it’s navy it’s completely timeless and you’ll be able to wear it to virtually any event in your life and always look sharp. Once again two fits are available; The slim fit here, and the tailored fit here.

The light blue shirt is a tailored fit light blue cotton shirt, which costs £45 and you can get it here.

The tie looks incredible! Even if you’re not a tie guy, this one just works. The striped red, white and dark navy blue really pulls everything together and makes the outfit complete. The tie only costs £25 and you can get it here.

The official shoes which are part of the range are black brogues which look really nice. These come in at £79 here and finish off the outfit with a touch of class.

The trousers come part of the suit, as mentioned above you can get the full three piece suit which comes with the waistcoat, or the two piece is also available, but for this look, you really need that waistcoat!

Final Word

The total cost to officially look as stylish as Gareth Southgate comes in at £413 for absolutely everything, although you could mix and match if you already own a couple of the items. This is a great price when you factor in the suit is 100% wool and if you read my blog or any other, it’s all about the fit and the quality. I’ve got a couple of M&S suits, and can honestly say, they’re brilliant for the price, the quality is fantastic and you’ll find it hard to beat them on both fronts.

Look as happy as Gareth Southgate does!

Friday, 6th July, 2018

Football Anthems Playlist For The World Cup

The Michael 84 Playlist

If you haven’t got World Cup fever there’s something wrong with you. It’s getting to the serious stages now, and since we’re almost into the weekend, music is called for, but not any old music, football songs!

I’ve created a football anthems playlist which I think is perfect if you’re looking for ideas or inspiration for this weekend. I am sad that Spain lost, but for everyone else in the country that supports England, this will be a big weekend!

The playlist includes all the usual bangers you’d expect to see, a couple of novelty footy tunes as well as a mix of dance and Indie tracks which have made their way into football history being sung at grounds around the World. Whether it’s the John Barnes rap, Football’s Coming Home, Shouting Mitro’s on fire or just humming along to Seven Nation Army, they’re all hits and easy to join in with.

Check out the playlist, and if you want to listen to the whole thing, it is on YouTube below. 25 songs which are all about football, having a good time and singing as loud as you possibly can.

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Wednesday, 4th July, 2018

Bum Bags Are Back! The Summer 2018 Trend

Bum Bags On Trend In 2017

Just when you thought you’d missed out, bum bags are back on trend in 2018!

If you are 25 years old or under, then you can be forgiven if you don’t know what a bum bag is, but if you’re like me, and grew up with 90’s fashion trends, then you’ll know all about them, and probably had one, if not a few.

The bum bag was quite iconic, used by many mostly for holidays and festivals, and used to a lesser extend as a general bag to carry around small items for daily use. However times have changed, we carry around a lot of small things, and can occasionally need something to carry them in. From phones to cameras and other tech devices, there’s so much we carry.

If you’re a girl you may get a small bag, but guys tend not to use a bag unless they want to carry around larger items, such as tablets or laptops. So they’re not only practical, but they’ve come into fashion, and love them or hate them, we’ll probably be seeing more and more this season.

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