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It’s back! Fashion Friday has returned to Michael 84 to bring you the best menswear and clothing for guys of the week. Let me take the hassle of shopping around and showcase a small selection of what’s caught my eye over the past week.
The Calvin Klein Re-issued clothing is still on trend, and CK know it, and have released even more reincarnations of their favourite 90’s classic pieces of clothing. You can get this Calvin Klein Jeans Sweatshirt which comes in a couple of colourways, my favourite being this tonal dark blue colour which CK are calling night sky. Get it here at Calvin Klein for £80.
In keeping with the 90’s trend, there’s this Kappa Track Jacket. It’s a new design, but keeps the nostalgic taping and piping down the arms and classic Kappa logo to the front. The blue and white half colour works well, you can get it for £60 here
First up for the knitwear and jumpers is this one from DR Denim. The Noah Neppy Knit comes in an 80% lambswool mix in a marled style, and will be a good addition to you wardrobe game. It’s yours for £65 – here
Light coloured knits are great, I really like them, and this one from TOPMAN is no exception. It’s an Ecru Textured Sweatshirt and is a good start if you’re looking to increase or start a new wardrobe for Autumn, a very reasonable £22 here
As you’ll probably know if you’ve read the blog over the Summer, nautical stripes are on trend, and I love them. Just because the Summer is over doesn’t mean the trend has to be, and you can get this TOPMAN Striped Jumper if you want to take the trend into Autumn. For £30 it’s a good way to keep the style going. Get it here
If you are in need of a pair of jeans for this season, you can have a look at the LEVIS 511 Black Slim Jeans. It’s my favourite fit, and as you’ll know from reading my 5 pairs of denim guide, you’ll want at least one pair of black denim in your armoury. Get a pair of classic Levis for £80 here
Autumn and Winter are about layering, and you can do this with a good, solid knit. This cotton cashmere knit from Tommy Hilfiger is something you should seriously consider. Grey is a timeless colour, the V-neck style means you can wear it with a shirt to have that all important smart casual look. Get it for £80 here
If you want to add more dimension to your knitwear, the GANT Donegal Stripe Jumper could be a good way to do it. It’s a neutral colour, but the sand colour could be one you don’t already own, with the stripes it will add some individuality to your look. You can buy it for £95 – here
If you want an alternative to dark jeans, these GANT Chinos could be it. Khaki in colour, you can style them up with most colours which will keep your outfit looking smart. They’re £85 here
The Adidas NMD-R1 are some of the most talked about trainers in menswear at the moment. If you want to join the trend you can do so with these all black trainers, which will be available in a week for £110 here
If you prefer to have smarter footwear, Paul Smithhas you covered with these Bordeaux Christo Brogues. Crafted in Italy from Parma calf leather, they are not only a stylish piece, but also an investment in high quality footwear. Get yourself a pair for £285 here
That’s it for Fashion Friday this week! Remember to check out the men’s fashion advice section for men’s style tips, and as always, if you spot something worth a mention, shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blogand let me know 🙂
Happy Fashion Friday to you all 🙂 The weekend is upon us, so if you’re looking for some men’s fashion advice for what to buy this weekend, or pieces to invest in going forward, you should check out this week’s fashion edit.
Calvin Klein Shirt – £70
Nike Air Max 95 Exclusive At JD Sports – £115
ASOS Bomber Jacket 2 Pack – £34
Ted Baker Swanley Socks – 3 Pack – £22
Zara Suede Jacket – £99
Hugo Boss Colasso Coat – £380
Superdry Jacket – £75
Ralph Lauren Trainers – £95
First up is this dark chambray shirt from Calvin Klein. I just love the colour and the washed out look of it. It’s a slim fit, and this combined with the dark colour will keep you looking sleek.
Next is this pair of trainers which are Nike Air Max 95. I really love Air Max 95, they are old school and super comfortable, you can really feel the difference when you’re walking on a cushion of air which covers the key points of the foot. This colourway is really nice, a combinations of different blues creating a striping effect on the backdrop of the white trainers. These are exclusive to JD Sports, with all the legendary elements which has made the Air Max 95 an all time classic from Nike.
What’s better than having one light bomber in your wardrobe? Having two! You’ve probably seen 2 packs of T-Shirts, and 2 packs of other clothing, but a 2-pack in jackets? It’s not something you see every day. ASOS are doing a 2-pack of a bomber jacket which is constructed in light sweatshirt material which is super soft to touch. They come in a grey and black colour, suitable for wearing in mild temperatures with a tee, or wear with a bigger coat when the temperatures dip a bit lower.
Ted Baker do some really nice socks, and this 3-pack of socks is one of them. You don’t have to buy them as a gift for someone else, get them for yourself. They’re made from organic cotton, and at £22 for a 3 pack, they are a good deal.
The Autumn/Winter season is the prime time for a suede jacket, and Zara have a few which are on trend right now. I’ve picked out this one in navy blue. Bomber length with collar detail, zips on the sleeves and a zip-up opening, you should consider this if you’re looking to get into suede jackets this season.
This week has reminded me that Winter is coming, and so you may be on the look out for a winter coat. This is called the Colasso from Hugo Boss, and it looks like it will stand up to the cold very well. With a zip through opening and chunky buttons to the front, the design is smart and minimal, which means you’ll always be looking smart while staying warm too. It’s £380, but it will always be stylish for many winters to come.
If you’re looking for a jacket which will keep you dry and is lighter and more competitively priced, the Arctic Windcheater from Superdry is a worthy contender. For only £75 you get a whole lot of jacket, it’s waterproof and is fleece lined, with a selection of really colourful interiors to suit your personal style.
Last up are some smart trainers which I would say look more like casual shoes, the Odle from Ralph Lauren. They come in either black or dark tan, which is the colour I have selected here. The uppers are made from Nubuck leather, with a rubber sole and leather lining.
The 90’s was an absolute immense decade for so many reasons; The music, the technology, the good times and of course the fashion. With a lot of cultures and sub-cultures being born or coming of age, there was such a rich diverse of style and fashion, a lot of it from the 90’s music scenes like Brit Pop. I love shows set in the 90’s like This Is England 90, fashion was and still is a big part of life, and it’s done well in the show.
90’s fashion trends have come back and are getting increasingly popular, everything from bucket hats to track jackets and band T-shirts, with favourite brands like Stussy, Ellesse and Kappa making comebacks, and fashion labels like Calvin Klein doing 90’s reissues of their clothing, there’s plenty out there if you’re looking to get into a 90’s trend. Check me out in my 90’s Kappa tracksuit, something which really brings back memories, and you can bring back the 90’s in your very own style.
90’s Fashion Brands You Should Know
Tommy Hilfiger – A trendy American import, Tommy Hilfiger and the trademark Red and white logo could be seen all over the place in the mid to late 90’s. Popular fashion from Tommy Hilfiger were denim, and smarter pieces.
Kappa – Kappa, the Italian sportswear kings of the mid-90’s. Infamous tracksuits and track jackets were backed up with tees and other tops.
Adidas Originals – It was just Adidas back then, and they’re responsible for perhaps the most iconic track jacket of them all. The three stripes in classic colours can still be bought today, it’s worn and loved. Adidas ‘poppers’ which were press-stud tracksuit bottoms were a huge hit, and the Gazelle trainers were also loved.
Calvin Klein – Calvin Klein was thought of as one of the coolest premium high street brands back then, if you had a CK top or pair of jeans then you were considered at the height of fashion. They were much ‘posher’ than your traditional pair of 501’s.
Fred Perry – The number one choice when you had to buy a polo shirt. With it’s minimal styling and tipped collar and sleeves, Fred Perry tops were clean cut and smart, without being formal.
Fila -Another sports brand which done well in the 90’s was Fila. If you ever wanted a casual T-shirt or track top they were always a viable option, and they are back in 2015!
Ellesse – Another big hitter making big waves in the 90’s which has returned is Ellesse. Another go to fashion label when you needed a jacket or casual tee.
Reebok – One of the biggest sports brands in the 90’s alongside Adidas, Nike and Puma. They were responsible with the Reebok Classics trainers, the much loved trainers which even makes it into Mike Skinner’s The Streets lyrics (Let’s put on our Classics and we’ll have a little dance shall we?).
Ralph Lauren – Another of the American imports, Ralph Lauren brought their signature line along with Polo Sport, both of which were seen as high end high street fashion, which was popular but worn sparingly.
Diadora – Last of the Italian sports brands in the list, they will always be remembered for the fluorescent coloured sports tees; Yellow and orange options were available, with plenty of other more neutral colours of tees and trackies.
DKNY – Donna Karen New York was more edgy and another American brand which was popular back in the 90s. With large printed graphics, you only needed four letters, DKNY.
Puma – More popular with sportswear and footwear, Puma made everything from tees to trainers and sweatshirts to bags and accessories.
United Colours Of Benetton – A more contemporary fashion brand with nice sweatshirts, tees and probably pioneered coloured jeans in the UK in the 90’s Benetton had a lot of boutique style shops selling their cool wears.
90’s T Shirts
As mentioned above, Calvin Klein reissued their CK line which has proved to be popular. Inspired from the original 90’s collection, it’s still going strong now.
Tommy Hilfiger followed in the footsteps and re launched Tommy Jeans, with the same success as CK. They’re updated designs which keep their original style, and look the part.
Reebok were later to the 90’s party, but with their Classics range they’ve released some T-shirts and sweats with the iconic Reebok vector logo, for a reasonable price.
CK, Tommy Jeans and Reebok have all reissued 90’s style sweatshirts and in some cases hoodies, all inspired from the greatest decade there was.
90’s Style – Jackets And Track Jackets
Whether it’s cold, warm or hot, a track jacket was one of the most fundamental fashion items to own. They’re light, you could usually get matching bottoms and they were on trend. There were so many brands with so many styles and their own take on track jackets. In the mid 90s there was the infamous Kappa, and throughout the 90s there were the iconic Adidas (which we now call Adidas Originals) as well as Fred Perry, Ellesse and Umbro to name a few.
Fred Perry Track Jackets
Ellesse Track Jackets
In the trainer department there were a couple of favourites, but some of the absolute iconic trainers which were must have for the cool kids in the 90’s were a pair of Air Max, in particular what we now know as the Air Max 1 as well as the Air Max 90, but trainers which were just as popular back then were a pair of Reebok Classics. All white or all black, they were trainers which were super smart and super cool, but still casual. If you didn’t own a pair you probably know someone who did. Others worth a mention were the Puma discs which were a bit of a hit, and Adidas Gazelle’s which came in an array of colours.
Reebok Classics £55 | Air Max 90 £95
Baseball caps were OK, but if you really wanted an alternative for headwear bucket hats were the way to go. There was a huge amount of style, colours, and patterns available from all the big clothing brands. Kangol had a lot out there, as did the other labels of the day. In 2014 and 2015 bucket hats, like other 90’s trends has had a big resurgence, and there’s a big range available today.
Criminal Damage bucket hat – £25 | Stussy bucket hat – £30| Adidas
Jeans & 90’s Denim Brands
Jeans and denim in the 90’s was about light blue washes, relaxed fits, and rips if you like them or could afford them, ripped jeans were more expensive, with the premise that “you had to pay someone to put rips in them, that’s why they cost more”. If you were from Newcastle you’ll know all about Geordie Jeans, if you’re not then the big brands were Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Pepe Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. If you were feeling a bit adventurous you may go for a colour in the summer, possibly white, but the go to colour wash the light blue wash synonymous with a pair of jeans.
Tommy Hilfiger – £150 | Levi’s ORIGINAL 501 £75 | Pepe Jeans £85
Band T Shirts
Music was a big part of the 90’s as we’ve already established. From punk to pop, dance, and of course Brit pop. It was Oasis vs Blur with a bit of Pulp and Ocean Colour Scene thrown in, it was the Stone Roses, The Prodigy and underground rave-ups. The best way to show your alliance with what kind of music you were into was a band T-Shirt, and there were plenty available, and some still are. The lemon Stone Roses T-shirt is a particular favourite, get the licenced one.
Polo Shirts & Shirts
Polo shirts were popular, and were the perfect balance of being smart while maintaining a casual look. One of the most popular brands for polos were Fred Perry. As for shirts, short sleeve was the way to go, with Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Ben Sherman among others.
Digital watches were popular back in the 90’s, and certain ones have become legends of the decade, such as the G-Shock watches, or Baby-G if you’re a girl, and the ultimate boys watch, a Casio digital watch. Whether you go for the gold metal strap or rubberised one is entirely up to you.
The 90’s was an amazing decade for fashion, but just like in the past right up to the present day, the fashion you wore depends on your own personal style. Sportswear and casual clothing were the big things back then and a hit in popular culture, but there was also a massive amount of different sub-cultures and styles in existence each with their own take on the 90’s classics. Many styles, fashion labels and clothing has been brought back, and has never looked better. Long live the 90’s! 😀 Check out more of my favourite men’s fashion trends here, with ideas on how I style each trend.
Hi guys and welcome to yet more end of the week fashion advice, yes, I am talking about another Fashion Friday roundup. This is edit number 7, and it has a bit of a theme going to it. H&M have released their AW 2015 collection, and there’s a lot of good things in their collection. In fact there’s so many, I have dedicated half of the edit just to H&M wears. Here’s this week’s picks.
First up from H&M is an item which is new but already on sale, and it’s for an amazing £6 so you can’t grumble at that…In fact, I’ve ordered one myself and will post it on the blog soon! Next are a pair of jeans from H&M, but not just any old jeans, these are made using Selvedge Denim, the darling of the denim world. Usually more expensive, H&M are bringing these to the high street at a price of only £40. There’s a colourful knitted top which will add some bright colours to your Autumn look, and then a premium 100% merino wool knit for only £30, available in a few colours, I really love the blue colour.
Rounding off the high street end of things is a jumper from ASOS. It’s a wool mix composition and comes in a nice pattern of striped with a block of blue across the shoulders, on the hem and sleeves. At £28 it’s at a nice price-point if you’re looking for a jumper and prefer something other than a plain knit.
My favourite piece from this week’s Fashion Friday is this cardigan from Ted Baker. It’s an ombré colour which looks really beautiful. It’s sure to get heads turning, and is perfect for layering and making an otherwise boring outfit stand out. It comes in at £109.
NN.07 are Scandanavian brand from Denmark which has produced a really great collection of modern classics, including this melange sweater. I love the colour, and it will go well with most things you already have in your wardrobe.
If you’re a regular reader then you’ll of already seen the Calvin Klein 90’s reissue T-Shirt I got earlier in the year. It’s getting a little chilly for tees, so what can you do? Well, you can get the same iconic 90’s inspired design, but on a sweatshirt. The CK 90’s sweatshirt is available in a few colours, I’ve picked it out here in a classic white with black logo. It’s £90 so not cheap, but you will be the coolest guy in the room in this.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s fashion Friday, you can send me tips on Twitter here, or check out last week’s edition here.
I love 90’s style, and Calvin Klein has been making a huge comeback with it’s 90’s retro stuff. I got the 90’s reissue T-Shirt which I love, and I thought I would get one of my first ever aftershaves, CK One.
CK One was probably my first fragrance, I remember getting that and also Cerruti 1881, probably when I was around 15-16 years old. CK One is probably the most iconic of fragrances for guys and girls of my generation, it was released in 1994 and was bought in the millions and really loved by so many people; It’s a unisex fragrance so is suitable for men and women, which could be why it was such a huge hit, and continues to be loved.
I got this for the nostalgic vibe it gives me, it does remind me of wearing way too much aftershave for going out, and the good old times we had back in the day. However don’t be fooled, this is not just something to reminisce about, it does smell very good.
It’s not the most refined scent, but you have to remember that this is over 20 years old. Having said that, it is very pleasant, and a great all rounder for the Spring and Summer, so perfect for this time of year. It’s completely inoffensive, citrus and green like fragrance, perfect for you if you’re younger looking for something simple and fresh for the day.
Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Citrus, Green
Age Recommendation – 16+
Best Worn – Casual, Formal, Daywear, Evening
Top Notes – Bergamot, Cardamom, Fresh Pineapple, Papaya
Heart Notes – Hedione High Cis, Violet, Rose, Nutmeg
Calvin Klein is having something of a resurgence in the past 12 months. You may remember my Calvin Klein 90’s reissue T-Shirt which they’ve brought back, they’ve done campaigns with Justin Bieber and now their latest campaign is with Kendall Jenner for their #mycalvins denim series.
Like the reissue, this collection focuses on the Calvin branding, and is presented throughout the limited edition collection. The ladies styles are fronted by Kendall herself, with the men’s range being modelled by Simon Nessman. The collection includes sweats and tees as well as jeans, a denim jacket and denim shirt. The range starts at a much higher price-point, with tees coming in at £85 a piece, and £150 for a sweatshirt.
The range is available to buy at Selfridges London in store and online here, right now.
It’s no secret that I love the 90s, I am a 90’s child after all. Being born in ’84 means the 90’s was the decade I grew up, the decade I remember, and the decade I will always love the most (because it was the best! 😉 ). A few months ago I saw the reissue Calvin Klein 90’s fashion and had to get me at least one piece of it, and now I have 😀
I got the white T-Shirt. It has the iconic Calvin Klein CK Jeans logo on the front, and I just love it. It comes in at £45 which is quite expensive for a basic logo tee, but well worth it if you are a fan of fashion and 90’s trends. It’s also available in black and grey, and the same iconic logo can be found on a hooded top and sweatshirt for £110 and £90 respectively. This is however far less than when it was an exclusive with Mytheresa, with tees costing around £78! They can now be bought from Calvin Klein directly, as well as other retailers.
If you want one be quick, these are limited! Unless of course you still have one from your childhood (and it still fits!)
If you want to get some inspiration on what to wear with this T-shirt, check out the 90’s fashion trends advice and get tips on what to style this with.
Here we go again! 😛 You’ll have to bear with my posts, most of them being about either what I got for Christmas, or what I got in the sales 😀 This one is mostly what I got for Christmas, in terms of loungewear and boxers, with a top thrown in for good measure! 😀
I good chunky cotton knit from Gant is a good thing to own now we have proper wintery weather, so I’ll be getting some good use out of this in the coming months. I love my boxers, you’ll know I used to buy loads and loads a while back. Well I hadn’t had too many boxer short sprees, so needed some, and got a couple of pairs of Gant and Versace; I picked up a pair of Derek Rose in the sales too 🙂
What do you wear for bed? I mostly wear loungewear like these. These two from Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein are full length loungewear pants, but I occasionally wear shorts or 3/4 length variations too. A 3-pack of Hugo Boss socks too, which are really good quality and nice on your feet.
More posts of the sales/new in clothing coming soon… 😉
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 £12.99here. Armani 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 £38.50here.
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! 😀
One item which is probably the most overlooked in your wardrobe is a classic white T-shirt. The main reason for this could be by it’s own definition, a simple, basic, white T-shirt, however getting it right can make an outfit, and getting it wrong can make you look sloppy. Despite it being known as a basic, it can get quite complex with a whole boatload of different brands, styles, fabric, neck shapes, fits, colours and price points. This is the complete guide which will break things down, showcase some brands with real and genuine reviews from a buyers perspective. Want to explore the brands right away? Meet the brands below, or read on to learn about the fundamentals of choosing your basic T-shirt.
When it comes to selecting your basic T-shirt, price and brand will be key as to what you will get, in terms of the fit, style, raw materials and manufacture. The budget options may be made of different types of cotton, it may not be as durable or be mass produced in Asian factories. At the high street and premium end you will usually get a better fit, more ethically produced and better materials may be used creating a better fit and feel. If you go fully to the luxury end you could end up with a high end fashion label, or a brand who specialises in cotton or producing the perfect T-shirt from only the finest cotton.
The Perfect Fitting T Shirt
I think as guys we are a bit slack and sometimes forget about the fit of clothing, especially something as seemingly basic as a t-shirt. We think, if it’s too small it doesn’t fit, and anything else is fine. The fit says a lot, and can change depending on what kind of look you’re going for, and on the occasion. A t-shirt which is far too baggy will almost always look sloppy and not right, even slightly baggy can be a no-no depending on the occasion and look you’re going for. On the flipside, something which is really tight fitting will look silly, no matter if you think you look great showing off “your guns” or not, to everyone else it looks like you’re wearing your little brother’s t-shirt. So what is the perfect fit? It’s a compromise between the two, but more importantly it will depend on your body shape and what actually fits and feels perfect for you. Read more on the fit.
Timeless Colours – The Perfect White Tee
As far as the basic T-shirt goes the plain white t-shirt is the most historic, quintessential and versatile colour you can wear. Pull any item out of your wardrobe, and it will pair seamlessly with your perfect white tee. From a pair of light coloured chinos to dark coloured jeans, a summer denim jacket or classic leather, white will always work. The other colours considered to be a staple and basic in your wardrobe are a mix of greys, light and dark, the classic black, and even navy blue. These are the core colours of T-shirts which you should look at buying when choosing a basic for wearing in an outfit.
Materials – Fabric Choices In T Shirts
The fabric used in basic T shirts is either 100% cotton, or a mix. A poly-cotton blend is sometimes used, but are usually found in lower quality products. Despite a few good points, it is not a natural material and are less breathable. A lot of better quality shirts contain elastane. As the name suggests, it’s elastic, which gives the Tee stretch, and can maintain shape well, as well as giving you a really good fit. Read more on the fabric.
The types of neck and collar are growing. The two classics you will be familiar with are crew neck, also known as rounded neck, and V-neck. These two are the most common, and you’ll find a vast array of tops with this neckline. More fashionable or fashion forward types of neckline have been a scoop or deeper V. They are exactly as they sound. The scoop neck is like a rounded collar neck, but a larger cut. The deep V is the same as a V-neck with a longer cut, and exposes more of the chest.
The advice – Stick with the classics. The classic V will elongate your frame, with a crew neck creating a more boxy look. Deep V and huge scoops may be marketed as “fashion forward” by some brands, but they have not stood the test of time, and are being utilized by the gym going fitness freaks. If you’re going to the gym or beech and have the body for it, it can be acceptable, otherwise avoid. For everyday situations, casual or formal nights, stick to the classics.
The White T Shirt Company
The White T Shirt Company is a brand which is all about sustainability and ethical fashion. Born in the North East of England, the mission is clear; To create a range of ethical, stylish perfect basic T shirt without compromising quality. They are 100% organic and are certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standard), with every element of the production process monitored; From the picking of the cotton buds in Turkey to the construction of the shirts in Ukraine. The White T Shirt Co. has a range of products including V-neck, crew neck, slim fit and loose fit shirts, in the staple colours of white, black and navy.
The shirts feel great, with the range of fits available there is something for everyone, and for every occasion. Buy it direct from The White T Shirt Co here.
Composition: 95% cotton, 5% elastane The Fit: Loose fit and slim fit available. I find the fit is true to size, and prefer the slim fit shirt for a smarter look. Price: £32-35 The Feel: Soft to touch Weight: Light-Mid weight Style It: Wear these on their own, or with an open shirt to create a cool summer look Made In: Ukraine
Sunspel are a British brand with an extremely proud heritage. Founded in 1860 by Thomas A Hill, they have been perfecting their T-shirts to make them light, soft and the most comfortable. They have taken the classic humble basic to a new level, with their invention of Q82 fabric, 2 threads of the finest long staple, 80s count Egyptian cotton and twist them together to create a smooth, strong, very fine cotton thread that will stand the test of time when wearing and washing. The shirts are proudly made in the UK, and it’s refreshing to see a “Made In The UK” label on something in a world where almost every product is from China. Britain makes high quality items, and makes them well. This Sunspel Tee is a testament to that.
Composition: 100% Egyptian Cotton The Fit: Regular Fit. I found the fit slightly, loose. For a closer cut, Sunspel recommend going a size down. Price: £55 The Feel: Super soft to touch Weight: Light-Mid weight Style It: It will look great on it’s own, or with a cardigan or jacket to create a minimal look. Made In: United Kingdom
Almost 100 years into the business, Derek Rose entered the nightwear business in 1926. Loungewear is traditionally worn for exactly that; Lounging around. They are designed as a stylish, fashionable form of formal nightwear, but are a versatile garment. Made from a fine gauge, PIMA cotton, the tee has ultrafine seems for extra comfort and 8% elastane for ultimate stretch. Designed and made in London, it is very lightweight, luxury shirt which is slightly longer in length for a better fit. Derek Rose is a luxury label and this will set you back more than a high street basic, however having one of these in your wardrobe you will feel where that extra money has gone every time you put it on.
Composition: 92% PIMA Cotton, 8% Elastane The Fit: Slim fit. Slightly longer in length, it’s cut close to the body for a slim fit. Price: £35 The Feel: Super soft, slightly silky and smooth Weight: Very lightweight Style It: Loungewear, perfect for relaxing, or wear this with a smart blazer jacket for a minimal, clean look. Made In: London, United Kingdom
Founded in 1876, Jockey is a company from the USA which has a rich history underwear and sleepwear, known for having invented the first Y-front brief in 1934. Fast forward to today, and they are producing some innovative, and quality basics. The modern stretch t shirt comprises of 94% cotton and 6% elastane/Lycra, which is slim fitting. The sleek fabric is fine and light, and is very comfortable to wear.
The Microfiber T shirt is an innovative fabric, which is a composition of 91% polyamide and 9% elastane. which results in a very soft, and silky finish. Extra soft, flat seams and a waistband along with no neck label makes it a comfortable wear. Buy this from Jockey here.
Composition: Modern Stretch: 94% cotton, 6% elastane. Microfiber: 91% Polyamide, 9% elastane The Fit: A slim fitted style which cuts close to the body. Price: £26 2-pack modern stretch; £22 Microfiber T The Feel: Modern Stretch: Soft Microfiber – Silky smooth Weight: Modern Stretch: Lightweight – Microfiber: Very lightweight Style It: Loungewear, this can be layered with a light denim jacket to create a summer look. Made In: China
Hanro Of Switzerland
Hanro of Switzerland has a simple message; Pure luxury on skin. This cotton superior T-shirt is made from long staple Egyptian GIZA cotton, hand picked to ensure it’s quality. The shirt is lightweight and soft to touch, and comes with a slightly longer length. The composition is 93% cotton and 7% elastane, creating a better fit. The V-neck fit is a perfect cut, which is not too deep and sits on the body nicely. Originally designed for loungewear, it’s versatile enough to wear out on it’s own, or create an outfit using this as a base for layering. Buy it direct here.
Composition: 93% Egyptian cotton, 7% elastane The Fit: Fitted with a slightly longer length. Price: £35 The Feel: Soft to touch Weight: Lightweight Style It: Loungewear, wear it out on it’s own or style with a smart blazer jacket. Made In: Portugal
Hugo Boss is a high end fashion label which specialises in a number of clothing lines and collections. From their ready to wear luxury fashion to great smelling fragrances, and produce some fine basic tees too. This from the BOSS line is a medium weight, soft cotton shirt. A toned black logo keeps the look to a minimal, which is key to any basic.
Composition: 95% cotton, 5% elastane The Fit: Regular fit Price: £45 for a pack of 2 The Feel: Soft to touch Weight: Mid-weight Style It: Wear this out on it’s own, or style it with a light summer jacket. Made In: China
One of the most exclusive luxury brands in fashion today, Prada are not only on the catwalk but create some amazing white T shirts. Loud logos and graphics are a no-no, and this white top is a classic, with a pocket to the breast and toned branding, it looks understated and plain. Once you put this on you’ll know you’re wearing something special, made from super soft cotton and elastane, the fit is good and the shirt will stand the test of time. The downside is the price, and it is a very expensive option for a basic tee. If you have the cash and want something special, simple and stylish to pull out of your wardrobe, this could be an option.
Composition: 93% cotton, 7% elastane The Fit: Slightly fitted t shirt Price: £110 The Feel: Soft to touch Weight: Mid-weight Style It: The ultimate of basic tees. Versatile, it can be worn on it’s own or with a jacket. Made In: Tunisia
Calvin Klein basics are always very good fitting. I have had a number of them over the years, and their stretch T shirts are really nice, with a beautiful soft feel and hugging fit. Entering at a high street price point, you can pick up a pack of two for around £25. They will still have a good fit and feel after several washes, however they will start to look tired if you wear and wash them a lot, but are a good choice if you are looking for a high street branded basic which delivers quality for a reasonable price.
Composition: 95% cotton, 5% elastane The Fit: Fitted Price: £26 for a pack of 2 The Feel: Soft to touch Weight: Mid-weight Style It: A basic which is best worn with an open shirt or cardigan. Made In: Thailand
Known for their inexpensive fashion, H&M produce a large range of basic items at affordable prices. However, the low price-points should not be a complete turn-off if you are looking for a basic t-shirt, as H&M offer several ranges of t-shirts. This V-neck is from the stretch range, is features a fine cotton gauge and contains elastane to create a more fitted look. For under a tenner, it’s not going to break the bank, it’s soft to touch and does have a good fit. It stands up pretty well in terms of durability, but should be considered if you’re looking for an affordable basic tee.
Composition: 95% cotton, 5% elastane The Fit: Slightly Fitted Price: £7.99 The Feel: Soft to touch Weight: Mid-weight Style It: This top can be worn on it’s own or with a casual jacket. Made In: Bangladesh
Further reading – Types of fit
Super tight fit – You might hear of people talking about t-shirts which look like they’re “painted on” because they are so tight. People who go to the gym think this will make them look good, it does not. The effect it usually has is looking like you’re going to break out your clothing, which is not really fashionable or great looking at all. I can’t imagine these being too comfortable to wear either.
Slim fits – Perfect for the slender guy and muscular body types. It will be form fitting, so it should always create a good fit. This kind of fit is good if you’re wearing a t-shirt on it’s own, with an open shirt or even with a more formal jacket or blazer.
Reguar Fits – For the average body type, but make sure you get the right size. When trying these on they should be slightly baggy with room for manoeuvre, not fitted however not very baggy. If you have a bit of a belly then it’s good to hide it a little, but don’t make the mistake of going too big…
Oversize/Going a size up – If you have a beer belly a lot of people try to cover it up wearing baggy clothing. This actually makes you look bigger than you are. The key is the fit, and make sure it’s a well fitting piece of clothing, not too small and not too baggy.
Side note – Try them on
If you get 5 regular fit medium t-shirts from different brands they’ll almost certainly fit you differently. Mix this up with a slim fit or oversized fit, and you’re in a minefield of different sizes. The key is to try different sizes from different brands (and cuts) so you get the correct one for you…A medium from one brand may not be the same size as a medium from another.
Further reading – Types of fabric
Poly-cotton or Poly-blend t-shirts are those with a mix of polyester and cotton in their construction. The mix could be anything, but you may typically see 50/50, 65/35 or 80/30 with the two larger numbers being the cotton. So what is it? Well the first thing you should know is that polyester is a manmade material. Since it’s not a natural product it has many great attributes, such as less shrinkage, very soft feel, more versatile colours, and they’re said to wrinkle less. However many people don’t like them because of the chemicals which are used in making them, they are less breathable and in general not used for a top quality basic tee.
The most common of t-shirts. 100% cotton can be both inexpensive and very expensive. Cotton is not all the same, and there are various types of cotton, including Ringspun, Pima, Jersey, and Combed. The four mentioned are known to be quite soft cottons, and so are quite desirable. Pima is said to be like Egyptian cotton, which uses extra long staples of cotton, whereas something like Ringspun uses a mix of long and small, but is still soft to touch. Of course the key to this is to get out and feel the t-shirts, a soft-touch feel is always a good thing to wear.
90-99% cotton with elastane
T Shirts with elastane are something I love, and I identify as a quality T-shirt. They’re somewhat of a darling of the basic T-shirt world. What does it mean? Well as it suggests, it’s elastic, so it can basically fit to your form. When purchasing items with elastine they could be branded as a “Stretch T Shirt”, which is an indicator to look out for when wanting a t-shirt of this type. A lot of the higher end labels use this in their t-shirts, and command a higher price, and usually tees with elastane also use a nice, soft cotton. They are not exclusive to the luxury fashion brands, and you can find these types of tees on the high street too.
Choosing something like a basic T-shirt can be a simple task, but you should always consider the main points when shopping for that essential basic. The fit is key and will make a statement to what type of look you are going for, whether it be an easy relaxed loose fit for the beach this summer, or a more fitted tee to wear with a blazer for a smart casual look. Keeping an eye out for where the product was made is another increasingly important factor, with a lot of people supporting ethical fashion and identifying the skill and heritage of Western craftsmanship.
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