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ASOS one of the UK's premier online fashion destinations, offering shopping for high street brands as well as their own in-house ASOS label. Check out the latest offerings and what I have been loving at ASOS on the blog below.
Tuesday, 2nd June, 2015

Summer Fashion Tips – Ripped Jeans For Men

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Men's Summer Fashion Tips - Ripped Jeans

Summer is here and one of the hottest fashion tips is ripped jeans. I really do like this trend, it really creates an edge to your outfit and can liven up your denim wardrobe by getting a pair or two of the ripped style.

There’s plenty of variety of ripped jeans, from distressed jeans with slight rips and cuts, to those with only the knee exposed, extreme rips and acid rips, tears and more. There’s not only a standard cut either, with skinny, slim, tapered and just about every other fit of denim available in a more rustic kind of look. Colour is important for the summer, and you can brighten up your look and keep it casual with a pair of white ripped up jeans.

DIY Ripped Jeans

If you have a few pairs of your favourite jeans or can’t find the exact look you want, then you can always customise your own jeans, with a DIY ripped jeans approach…Obviously they’ll never be the same again, so it’s probably best to do this on an older, or less expensive pair of denim you own. It’s as simple as using a pair of scissors, and add some distressing with sandpaper or wire wool.

However I think going down the road of having some already designed and manufactured with rips is the way to go, as there’s already a lot out there. I have found a few pair which I really like, my favourites are the ASOS skinny jeans with extreme rips in white, and are a bargain at only £21.

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HYPE Skinny jeans in black with ripped knees – £45

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with knee rips – £21

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with extreme rips – £35

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Religion Noize cut out jeans in black – £50

TOPMAN Black washed skinny jeans with rips – £45

TOPMAN Black blow out jeans with knee rips – £45

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River Island Distressed jeans in black – £32

Nudie Jeans Long Johns distressed jeans in light blue – £155

ZARA Ripped skinny jeans in washed out grey – £39.99

Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

Fashion Tips: The Best Christmas Jumpers Guide For 2014

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O Come All Ye Faithful, Fashionable And Triumphant! It’s that time of year again, Christmas time! A time for presents, a time for mince pies, stuffing your face with Turkey, and all the trimmings that come with one amazing Christmas. One thing you can’t forget is your Christmas Jumper. In recent years the Christmas jumper has been reborn; Long gone are the days when they’re thought of as that ugly, itchy knitted jumper you’d get for Christmas…They are trendy and in style, and these days there are so many different fun and novelty styles to choose from, you can’t just get one, you need a couple! So for the festive Christmas fashion tips, I have found some of the best Christmas jumpers out there to buy.

I do love a good Christmas knit, it’s one of those things where you can really go to town and be over the top, much like the festive period itself. Whether you’re planning on wearing it once on Christmas Day while eating your lunch watching Top Of The Pops, or getting a couple for the Xmas nights out and office parties.

I have a couple, and my favourite is the one pictured above. It’s a Christmas tree, but it has it’s own party trick…Lights! 😀 It has LEDs which light up, so it looks amazing in the dark or a darkish room. It instantly grabs your attention, and is so cheesy, the ideal Christmas jumper. The LEDs work at the flick of a switch, which is concealed within the jumper, but easily accessible so you can change the batteries.

If you want to be in fashion for the festive period then now is the time to get yourself one of these for Christmas. It’s became so popular there is even an official day, this year it’s Friday 12th December 2014 is Christmas Jumper Day, where you’re encouraged to don your favourite knit in aid of Save The Children.

If you need a guide and tips on what’s out there at the moment, and want to sort your fair isle from your funny graphics, acrylics to your wools then here are a couple of my favourites I’ve found, as well as a couple which I own.

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Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

What’s New At ASOS – 30th September: Michael 84 Edit

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We’re well into Autumn now, but despite that it’s actually been a very mild one, and if the weather people are to be believed (and we know they’re not) it’s been one of the driest “Since records began” (Their favourite phrase). There’s no need for me to get my Canada Goose out just let, but it may be time to start thinking about layering, or at least getting a couple of new pieces to keep me warm. I had a look at some of the new pieces on offer at ASOS, and here’s five of the best.

Buffalo check was a big thing last autumn, it started out with girls, and moved over to us guys which I like. If you want to get in on the trend earlier this season, then you can pick up a long sleeve Buffalo Check shirt from New Look. For under £20 it’s a shirt which you can wear on a night out, button up or layer with a basic white tee.

If you’re into layering then the dark space dye T-Shirt from Selected could be a good fit, the fabric is soft to touch, and the dye of the shirt gives it a bit more dimension than a standard solid colour. For street wear lovers, You can’t go wrong with something from Adidas Originals, this white colour shirt features the Adidas Originals “The Brand With Three Stripes” print to the front.

If you’re looking for a winter coat, this bomber jacket from Danish brand Minimum should be considered. Black in colour it will stay stylish and keep you warm for winters to come. A faux fur hood is complimented with clever zip and button double fastening, which hides the zipper keeping you looking smart. It’s £150.

For a smart but warm night out a leather jacket is a sound investment, but they can be expensive. ASOS have this bomber length, brown leather jacket from their in house collection, and is a real leather jacket for only £125. It’s stylish with a funnel neck and ribbed shoulder detailing. It comes with button and zip up options, as well as front pockets, and side slanted pockets.

All are available from ASOS right now.

 

Monday, 14th July, 2014

The Best Of The Fashion Summer Sales July 2014 – ASOS

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ASOS Summer Sale - July 2014

It’s summer sale season and most shops and fashion labels have sales going on right now. The sales are amazing, but can be a minefield, where do you start looking, and there’s thousands of items on sale. The best part is looking through all the clothing to see if you can find yourself a bargain, but if you’re too lazy, I have put together my top picks from the sales from the leading brands and stores. First up is ASOS.

A summer shirt is a good thing to have, and Checks are still in and I love them. They’re smarter than a graphic tee, but casual enough to wear without over-doing your look. The gingham River Island long sleeve is now £16 here and the ASOS Buffalo print is only £17 here.

I found a bargain in the short section, French Connection Chino shorts, in a neutral beige colour they’ll go with a lot of your summer wardrobe. Reduced from £50 to only £18, better than half price you can find them here.

If you’re looking for a quality leather satchel then The Cambridge Satchel Company are a good option, Made In The UK. There’s a few in the sale, and I picked out this black one with tartan to add some individuality to your bag. Get it here for only £84.

There’s a lot of pocket squares which are good quality for only £3, and something you should stock up on which will add a touch of class to your blazers and jackets. There’s plenty of designs to choose from, whether you’re looking for something plain or pattern.

If you want something different in the form of a hat then Pull & Bear have got a Trilby for you this summer for only £6. You can get it here.

Real leather jackets are expensive, but the Barney’s 100% real leather jacket is on sale for only £125. If you’re in the market for one, or think you will be when the cooler months come, it could be a good investment. Get it here.

Summer would not be summer without T-shirts. If you like music and printed tees, then the iconic RUN DMC print has been done by ASOS for only a tenner here. Horizontal stripes are something I have always liked, and you can get a Brave Soul Tee here, better than half price at £8.

Baseball jerseys and baseball shirts have been popular in the past couple of years, and are still cool. There’s a few in the ASOS sale, and I have picked out this one from Criminal Damage, this one from Majestic and this one from UCLA.

You can shop for these and the rest of the ASOS Sale here.

Saturday, 12th April, 2014

Men’s Fashion Picks – Spring/Summer: Week 15 Michael84 Edit

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These are my picks for my men’s fashion edit for this week, Week 15 for Spring/Summer 2014. I have found a couple of great buys, from t-shirts to genuine leather jackets and of course that all important pair of jeans.

  1. Buffalo Check Shirt from TOPMAN. Price: £28. I loved the Buffalo checks trend in Autumn/Winter last year, and it could continue into this season with a lot of pieces still around. Baseball style t-shirts have been popular for about 18 months, they seem a bit “done” to me, but I think there’s still one summer left for them before they become completely overdone.
  2. ASOS Leather Jacket. Price: £150 – I wrote about a very similar leather jacket from He By Mango, and I love it. So since I have discovered ASOS are doing this one I had to include it. They also do it in white, which looks pretty good, but might be hard to pull off for regular guys.
  3. ASOS Bomber Jacket. Price: £28 – Bomber jacket in a baseball style. It’s a casual jacket in sweatshirt material which I love, giving it that soft touch feel. It’s minimal and simplistic look gives this very casual look a slightly smart edge.
  4. STKHLM T Shirt from River Island. Price: £16. I love Stockholm, it’s a great city, and I like cityscape printed tees. Combine the two, and you have this. It’s super cheap, and you can never have enough tees for the summer.
  5. New Love Club Galaxy Print. Price:£30. Galaxy Printed tops are cool, but can be too in your face and loud. This is a more toned down shirt, and does not offend with lots of branding or huge logos.
  6. Nudie Jeans. Price: £155. These Are the Grim Tim slim fit jeans from Nudie Jeans. Organic dry denim, selvedge, these are premium quality jeans and for a really great price. Nudie are always high quality, and indigo is a classic and smart look.
Saturday, 22nd March, 2014

Pocket Sqares & Ties From ASOS

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ASOS pocket squares

Over the past few months I have much preferred to wear a slightly smarter look when going out. It has it’s place, but I am finding that as the years roll on I am becoming more conscience of dressing up without over-dressing. Wearing a more dressed jacket than a casual one, or combining it with a shirt, not necessarily hugely formal, but a lot more than a graphic t-shirt and pair of jeans. The easy way to add an extra formal dimension is to add a tie into the equation, and to smarten up a jacket further, a pocket square. I really like smart-casual looks, with a slight lean towards smart in terms of the clothing worn, but with a street style casual twist.

This type of dressing has usually been consigned to the older generation, but it’s finding younger and younger demographic, as guys go for dressing smarter and slightly more refined.

I have got a couple of pocket squares from ASOS. I already have some plain ones, and wanted something a little more colourful. These gingham pocket squares are great because they can still carry a slight street style form of fashion mixed up with a more smart formal look. I got some ties to beef up my collection, including some polka dot style ties, which I do really love, again something smart with a slight casual twist.

Friday, 24th January, 2014

This Week At ASOS – Issue 4 – Michael84:Edit

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We’re well into the New Year now, the NYE’s hangovers have cleared, and we’re back to work. There’s lots of sales still on at the moment, but most retailers are also getting in their new stock ready for the new season. Here’s what I have been looking at on ASOS this week.

  • Bellfield Jumper – Regular fit and made from a soft wool blend, if you’ve read my blog in the last 18 months or so you’ll know I love dip dye, and long may it continue. £38
  • Nudie Jeans – Nudie could be the kings of premium denim, and I love this pair of slim fit, “Thin Finn” dry jeans. Premium organic selvedge and 13.25oz denim all for £155.
  • Anerkjendt Sweatshirt – Cotton sweatshirt material with stylish ANKJ applique – £55
  • American Apparel Jacket – I really like the colour and style of this jacket, it’s something which I don’t have in my wardrobe. £54
  • Diesel T Shirt – Diesel logo t shirt in red. Not to be missed if you’re t-shirt game is a bit weak at the moment, grab this for only £30
  • ASOS Bomber – Galaxy prints were all over in 2013, and if you’re a fan, get this style in a bomber jacket – £34
  • Jack Wills Tee – The poly-cotton blend makes this t-shirt really soft to touch, Jack Wills are going down the “Fabulously British” route and trying to not only be the “University Outfitters” they once were. £29.50

All of these are available at ASOS right now!

Friday, 13th December, 2013

This Week’s Fashion Edit – Michael:84 Issue No.3

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Issue No.3 for this week’s fashion edit is here! With a focus on printed tees and check shirts, it features brands such as Moschino, ASOS, Armani Jeans, River Island and Ralph Lauren.

  • Armani Jeans printed tee – £60
  • River Island shirt in buffalo print with black and blue colour – £25
  • Ralph Lauren check shirt, red and black checks – £110
  • ASOS buffalo print shirt, green and blue checks – £28
  • I Love Sushi Moschino t-shirt – £88
  • Ice Cream T Shirt – £75
  • Armani Jeans sweatshirt – £125

The stand out item is the all over printed tee from Ice Cream. I love the colour, detail and quality of this Ice Cream tee. It’s not the most sought after street wear brand as it once was back in 2005-07, with a lot more stores stocking the lower end lines, but this design is premium and will give your look some individuality.