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Armani is a luxury Italian fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani. The brand is split up into different labels or lines, including: Giorgio, Armani Jeans, Emporio Armani, and A|X Armani Exchange. Read the latest styles and men's fashion from Armani.

Monday, 28th December, 2015

Christmas 2015 Clothing Presents


Happy Boxing Day (Observed) 😛

If you have a job then you’ll be happy that today is counted as a Bank Holiday in the UK, so you’ll of probably had today off, however I broke up from work so I was off anyway. I have bought a few things online in the sales, but since today is a Bank Holiday there’s no deliveries, so I have to wait a little longer.

I got a few really nice things for Christmas this year, including a few tops, some loungewear and socks and boxers. I am really into socks at the moment, I think different colours are so cool and can add to an outfit in the smallest of details.

I got yet more Happy Socks (and I have even more coming!) which I love. I am in some kind of transition with socks, and I’ll pretty much be throwing all my old ones away and replace them with brand new ones this year. I have a few classic black and grey pairs which I’ll keep, other than that, Happy Socks will be my new daily wear. A few new pairs of boxer shorts are never a bad thing, and I got some from Bjorn Borg which I have always liked.



I got a few things from FCUK, this tee and a knit which is perfect for the Winter.


I got this Armani Tee, black with white dots, I have the same one in a different colour pattern, as well as the Armani loungewear top which are really nice.


I got the Calvin Klein loungewear set too, I need fresh new loungewear so I am glad that I got some 🙂

I hope you all had a good Christmas 🙂

Friday, 30th October, 2015

Men’s Style Advice – Fashion Friday No.9

Fashion Friday - Men's Fashion Tips Number 9

Did you miss it last week? Well it’s back! Fashion Friday no.9 is here 🙂 I have been running so many features on the blog lately I thought I would give this one a bit of a break, and it’s always been thought of as a weekly/bi-weekly feature, so I can focus on the best men’s clothing to give the best fashion tips out there.

Nudie Jeans Adrian Parka – £460 – here

New Look Knitted Jumper – £19.99 – here

Happy socks – £8 – here

Cheap Monday Dictionary T-Shirt – £25 – here

Armani 2-Pack T-Shirts – £26 – here

Burton Bomber Jacket – £14 – here

Superdry Leather Jacket – £200 – here

Selected Homme Merino Knit – £55 – here

First up is this amazingly warm Adrian parka from Nudie Jeans. We’ve had miserable weather in the last few days, fog and rain, and it’s a reminder that colder times are here and winter is right around the corner. The parka fits the bill with a detachable faux fur hood, water repellent outer and padded, quilted inner which will keep you toasty.

The knit from New Look is a contrasting white and black style jumper made from a acrylic-mix and is only £20. A great buy if you’re looking to up your knitwear game for the months ahead and are on a budget looking for something more colourful than a plain jumper.

I still love socks, and Happy Socks have been doing some pretty good designs. one of their latest is their black and white paisley design which I think looks really good, and will add something to any outfit.

Layering is definitely an option when it comes to men’s fashion in Autumn or Winter, and there’s plenty of ways to do it with these next few items. The Cheap Monday T-Shirt is a cool printed white top with a dictionary print. It shows the definition of the words Over My Dead Body, which is över min döda kropp in Swedish, the phrase Cheap Monday uses. House Of Fraser have a 2-pack of Armani tees for only £26. I love these fitted style of tees to use as an under shirt which can be essential to wear under a knit if you don’t want to wear a shirt. The finish off the layering there’s a good deal on this Burton bomber, for only £14 you get this zip-up, which you can layer with a shirt and jacket.

Speaking of jackets, leather is always a good choice when you want to look cool without being cold. Superdry have recently came up with this jacket, the Real Hero Biker jacket. If you want to look casual and have an edge while still looking smart, this is the way to go.

Last up is this knit from Selected Homme. It’s a V-neck knit in 100% fine merino wool in light grey, which is a really good colour which will work with almost everything. At only £55 it’s a good price for 100% merino wool from a good brand.

That is the end of this week’s Fashion Friday. As always you can send me tips on Twitter, I am @Michael84Blog, and you can read last week’s Fashion Friday No.8 here.

Friday, 18th September, 2015

Fashion Friday Edit: Men’s Style Tips No.5


It’s time for another Friday Fashion Edit, which features more fashion advice and my favourite picks from brands and shops around the globe. This week I have gone all Autumn style, with an abundance of jackets and knits designs to keep you warm in the cold weather that’s right around the corner. This is what I have for this week’s edition.

Jack Wills Donalson Cashmere Knit – £129

Reiss 1971 Vice Jacket – £265

Benetton Long Sleeve T-Shirt – £30

Jockey Printed Y-Front Trunks – £18

Armani Watch £104

Hugo Boss Quilted Jacket – £230

Benetton V-Neck Knit – £19

Tommy Hilfiger Knit – £85

First up is a knit from Uni students favourite brand, Jack Wills. Whether you’re at Uni or not, this 100% cashmere knit is soft to touch and will not look out of place anywhere. I love the colour, just because the dark nights are coming doesn’t mean you have to dress for the dark, and add some light and colour to your look with this top.

Part of the 1971 collection is this jacket from Reiss. It’s not a full blown winter coat, but it comes complete with a shearling collar for added warmth, with a mottled pattern throughout it adds texture to your look.

The Benetton long sleeve tee is perfect for layering, and comes in a red colour which you may not already have in your wardrobe.

One of the best bargains I have seen for a long time is this Emporio Armani watch. I love the minimal look when it comes to watches, Analogue is a must, and I do love a leather strap. This comes with all of the above, it’s a fashion label watch at an amazing price of £104 at ASOS. If I didn’t already have so many watches I would buy this. Get it while you can at this price.

Jockey have been making underwear since 1934 and having a few pair myself I know they’re really nice to wear. They have come up with a limited edition pair which are emblazoned with adverts dating back to 1876. I think these look really cool and quite literally make a statement. Coming in at £18 they’re affordable, and they will be a unique pair of underwear in your drawer.

If you’re thinking about a winter coat then this brand new BOSS Orange quilted jacket has to be considered. It’s available in navy and black, I’ve selected it in the navy. It’s waterproof and looks like it will stand the test of time throughout this Autumn/Winter and many more.

If you’ve not got many knits or sweats you’re in luck, I have added this Benetton one to the fashion tips too. It’s available in a few colour, including grey which will work well for layering with a shirt. It’s available right now for only £19 down from £27.

Last up and it’s another knit, this time from Tommy Hilfiger. It’s a cashmere blend which means it’s not 100% cashmere, in fact only 8%. Usually I would not recommend such a mix unless it was at an unbelievable price, however this is mixed with Pima cotton, which is a super soft cotton. This combination will result in an ultra soft knit, which you’ll be able to wear casually with a tee or dress it up for a smart casual look with a shirt.

That’s your lot for this week’s Fashion Friday. Remember you can always look back and check last week’s edition, and As always, you can send your tips to me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog 😉

Monday, 5th January, 2015

From The Sales: House Of Fraser Fashion

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I picked up a couple of things from the House Of Fraser sale. I like HOF, they do a lot of brands, from high street fashion to the more high end of the fashion brands which I like. I picked up a pair of chinos by Mango, some Armani Jeans and a Lacoste Polo Shirt.

Lacoste Polo Shirts are timeless. I had a few when I was a teen, and they are as great then as they are now. They usually cost around £60, so when you find these in the sale they are worth the money because they don’t go out of style and the brand is well known for their Polo Shirts. I got this grey one for £37.50, a tad more than half price which is a good deal.

A tradition of the Christmas sales is getting at least one pair of Armani Jeans. I love them so much, they always fit well and I especially like the softer denim they do. These are made from their comfort material as they call it, and really are super soft. It’s a black wash, which I don’t have too many of so this pair appealed to me quite a bit. They were around £100 which is a reasonable price.

Even though I love jeans, particularly dark washes like black and indigo, I’ve wanted to get into more colour in the past few years. I got a lot of colour chinos and denim from Monkee Genes last year, and wrote about this in my coloured denim guide. It’s sometimes thought of a more summer look, but I like to brighten up an outfit and wear other colours. This pair of jeans are a nice colour and are a slim stretch fit. I have bought another pair in an off-white colour which I am waiting for. They are currently £22.

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Thursday, 13th November, 2014

Fragrance Review – Emporio Armani Remix He


Emporio Armani Remix Fragrance For Men Review

For this week’s aftershave review I want to talk about a classic, Emporio Armani Remix for men. It was released in 2006 and I got it around that time, and it holds many memories, and is a really nice smell. I’ve recently learned that it’s now been discontinued, which is a real shame.

The bottle is an unusual style of bottle, a tall plastic cylinder with the text in a disco style, denoting that this is very much a fun type of fragrance. The scent is so welcoming, it’s warm and floral, but possesses light fruity, spicy notes which are accompanied by a green fresh style making it really inviting. It’s a very versatile fragrance, and hard to pin down on one specific occasion you’d wear this, in fact it will work in almost every situation. It’s strong enough to get you noticed, however it does not overpower you.

I really like this one, it holds some memories but it’s also a nice all rounder which may not make your top 10, but will always be a pleasant scent, it’s just too bad that it’s been discontinued.

Best season to wear – All Rounder
Scent type – Floral, Light spicy, Fruity
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Day Wear, Night, Casuak

Top Notes – Basil, Cardamom, Bergamot

Middle Notes – Lily of the valley, Mace

Base Notes – Vetiver, Licorice, White musk

What do you think of Emporio Armani Remix for men? Let me know, and as always you can find more advice and tips in the fragrance blog, along with reviews of all the latest men’s scents.

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Friday, 10th October, 2014

Armani Eau De Nuit Review


Armani Eau De Nuit Fragrance Review

This week’s fragrance review is one of the newer scents from Armani is Eau De Nuit, by Giorgio Armani, which is designed to be a masculine fragrance. As the name nuit suggests, it’s a dark style of scent, perfect for evenings when you’re going out. It’s a nice and sophisticated style of smell, which means it would be suitable for a casual or formal setting. It has a combination of smelling warm, spicy and aromatic, as well as being slightly floral and woody and just small hints of powdery notes. It does smell very grown up, so if you’re going for an older look then this is a good choice. It reminds me of Armani Code, but it’s warmer and more woody.

The bottle is a classic and stylish bottle, with the simple branding of ARMANI Eau De Nuit on the front, with silver plastic grill to the bass and around the bottle top neck.

Best season to wear – All Seasons
Scent type – Woody/Aromatic/Floral
Age Recommendation – 25+
Best Worn – Evening, Formal, Casual, Out With The Boys

Top Notes – Bergamot, Pink pepper

Middle Notes – Nutmeg, Cardamom, Iris, Heliotrope

Base Notes – Cedar, Tonka, Amber

What are your thoughts on Eau De Nuit from Armani? Let me know, and as always you can find this over in the fragrance reviews blog, if you’re looking for your next scent.

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Thursday, 14th August, 2014

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme Review


Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani

A classic timeless scent which has been around for a long time, I am talking about Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani. It may have been around for a long time, and is loved by many, however it’s one of my newest fragrances. After all the hype surrounding it, I decided that I had to get myself a bottle, it almost felt like a crime not having this in my huge fragrance collection. It first appeared in 1996, and is still going strong, it’s a firm favourite with many, and makes a lot of people’s lists for a must have scent.

I actually picked up the gift set, this was on offer and was the same price as the bottle alone, so it made sense to get the set. Included is a 50ML bottle of the scent, as well as a shower gel and aftershave balm.

I can see why this is a favourite of many. It’s a fresh style of scent with strong hints of citrus, and is masculine without being overpowering. It is a modern classic, there is a hint of musk, but this is subtle, perfect for the summer whether you are out on a night, or need something to wear during the day. It’s a grown up style of scent, so if you’re on the younger side and want something more mature, this would be a good pick. Having said that, if you’re on the older side then this should compliment you well, and will add to your refined look.

Top Notes – Jasmine, Rosemary, Hespiradic Notes

Middle Notes – Persimmon Fruits, Marine Notes

Base Notes – Cedar, Patchouli, White Musk, Rock Rose

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Citrus, Fresh, Aromatic
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Day wear, evening, office, casual, smart.

Acqua Di Gio Gift Set

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Thursday, 17th July, 2014

Best Of The Menswear Summer Sales – 10 Picks From House Of Fraser

The Best Menswear in the House of Fraser Summer Sale

House of Fraser has an amazing sale on at the moment, possibly the best I have come across while searching for the best menswear bargains. Here are 10 of the best items I have found for this summer, a mix of absolute bargains and summer must have fashion.

You can never have too many T Shirts, and I have picked out a couple which I think are really nice. The Mango IBZ tee is perfect if you’re heading over to the white isle, or if you just love the place or the music scene. You can get this for only £12.99 hereArmani Jeans is one of my favourite brands, so getting a printed logo t-shirt is always on the list when searching for tees. Get this one for only £38.50 here.

If you want a smarter look and prefer shirts, I have picked out two. Both are long sleeves, so are versatile and can be worn with the sleeves down when it’s cool, or when it’s warmer you can roll up the sleeves and create more of an edgy look than a usual short sleeve shirt would give. The red checks shirt is from Armani Jeans and I really like the design, the colours go very well and will create a smart casual look. It’s also half price at only £62.50, you can buy it here. The Ted Baker shirt has to be one of the best shirt bargains out there, better than half price at £40, it’s really smart, but roll up the sleeves and undo a button and you create a more casual feel. The shirt is mainly dark blue, but has fine toned pin striping to give it a little depth. Get it here.

I still love denim jackets for this summer, I got a few last summer so I am not really in the market for one personally. However if you are then this dark Armani Jeans one is worth considering. Slightly shorter than bomber length it’s made for the summer. It comes with button fastening which are embellished with the Armani Jeans branding, but other than that it’s a very clean cut jacket, and has 4 pockets. It’s yours for only £120 and you can get it here. If you want something a little smarter then how about the Diesel denim blazer. I love this jacket, the design is really cool and you’ll stand out and look unique in a denim blazer. It’s the bargain of the sale, at only £75 reduced from £250, I saw it on another sale for £125 so you’re really getting a good deal on this jacket. Get it quick here.

If you are in need of jeans then there is a lot of good denim in the sale. I love PRPS and have a few pair, made in Japan I love the quality of them. You can now get the Barracuda jeans for only £107 here. They’re dark wash and come in a straight leg. Get a pair here. The biggest bargain I have found in denim are a pair of straight leg Hugo Boss Green jeans. A smart medium-dark wash with creases to add dimension, they are only £50. Get them here.

It’s probably too warm for knits right now, but when you’re feeling the chill on a summer night and want something more substantial than a t-shirt, this Gant lightweight knit could be perfect. There are lots of colours available, but I really love this raspberry colour. I have a few Gant knits which are similar but a heavier weight, and I love them. At only £45 you can’t go wrong. Grab it here.

If you are heading abroad to sunnier shores and plan on going to the beach or even relaxing by the pool, swim shorts will be required. Calvin Klein have some quick dry shorts in a range of colours which look pretty decent, for this feature I picked out the turquoise colour to keep in with the summer theme. You can get them for only £23.50, so treat yourself to a couple of pair, I recommend a light and a dark pair. Get some here.

That was the Michael 84 edit of the top picks from the House Of Fraser summer sale. To check out the rest of the menswear sale, click here. There are so many bargains and great offers on there, you’ll need to spend a bit of time as there are so many great pieces to browse! 😀

Saturday, 5th July, 2014

New Black Armani Jeans T-shirt – Plain & Simple


Armani Basic Strech Cotton T-shirt

I love my branded logo and graphic based tees, but for quite a while now I have been wearing more plain, less “in your face” and less branded T-shirts. I like the simplicity and understatement of a good plain T-shirt, as long as they are of good quality. This black Armani Jeans T-shirt is exactly that.

There is a tonal embroidered AJ on the front breast, no big deal. It does not shout and scream Armani, but you get the luxurious stretch cotton feel, and since you’re the one wearing it you know it’s from a fashion label synonymous with elegance and quality. Stretch cotton  T-shirts are amazing, you can read about them in my big Guide To Basic White T Shirts, they are fit very well and feel great while wearing them.

My Cool Plain Black Armani T-shirt

Thursday, 29th May, 2014

Armani Mania By Giorgio Armani Review


Armani Mania Men's Fragrance Review

In 2002 Giorgio Armani released this, Armani Mania. The bottle is a classic no nonsense irregular cylindrical smoked glass bottle with a chunky gun metal grey top. Despite this scent being released over 10 years ago, it can still be purchased today, and is something worth considering.

Back in 2005 was when I first got this EDT, and I fell in love with it. Armani Mania became one of my favourites, and it brings back some great memories. It’s a warm, spicy and woody style of scent, masculine but not too dark and musky. The spicy woody odour is toned down by a floral note which produces an interesting scent, giving the spicy aroma some lightness. The combination of it being not too light and not too musky but still enough to pack that masculine punch gives it a real elegant and sophisticated scent. It’s perfect for a night out in the summer or winter, or when you want to pack a bit more of a punch in a more formal setting.

Best season to wear – All rounder
Scent type – Spicy/Woody/Fresh/Floral
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Evening, Daytime, Office, Date Night, Casual

Top Notes – Tangerine Leaves, Saffron

Middle Notes – Cedar, Vetiver

Base Notes – Amber, Musk

What do you think of this Armani fragrance? Let me know, and don’t forget to read through some of the other aftershave reviews to find your perfect scent.

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