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Cheap Monday

Cheap Monday was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2000, and were originally sold in Weekday store in Stockholm. The brand specialises in high street denim and jeans for men and women, and also sell t-shirts, tops, shirts and other apparel. Find out how I style Cheap Monday, with tips and advice.

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019

The End Of Cheap Monday – H&M Closing Down The Brand

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Wearing my light blue ripped Cheap Monday jeans in the Summer a while ago

2018 is now over, and it looks like it was the last year for Cheap Monday, the Swedish fashion brand who’ve been making cool and affordable jeans for just shy of 10 years. It is a sad story, since I have always liked Cheap Monday, featured lots of their clothing on the blog, and have been buying some things since around 2011.

But the fashion industry has seen challenging times, especially when there’s a large growing number of fast-fashion shops and in particular websites which are selling super-cheap clothing, it’s hard for high street brands to compete.

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Monday, 10th September, 2018

The Best Online High Street Fashion Brands For Affordable Menswear

The Best Online High Street Fashion Brands For Affordable Menswear

Whether you’re looking to buy some basics to create your latest outfit, you want a one-off piece at an affordable price, or you’re just looking for some of the freshest trends at great prices, the high street is the place to be for menswear.

But you don’t need to leave your house to get your hands on some new clothes, you can do it all at the click of a button by visiting the sites online.

There’s plenty out there, from brands having their own websites, to mult-brand online stores which sell all your favourite brands, and even branch out into their own label. The Internet is only getting bigger and bigger, so it can be difficult to navigate.

There’s also a huge number of high street stores which may not be in your city so you’re unaware of them, but not to worry.

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Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

Style Edit: Classic Levi’s Ringer Tee & Black Denim Jacket Outfit

Today's Style Edit: Levi's Ringer And Black Denim Jacket

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It seems like forever since I last posted a style type of post, so here is a style edit! As you know I recently got some Levi’s Ringer Tees and I love them. I haven’t really worn them until now, and I really love how they fit and feel.

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Friday, 30th October, 2015

Men’s Style – Fashion Friday No.9

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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 –

New Look Knitted Jumper – £19.99

Happy socks – £8

Cheap Monday Dictionary T-Shirt – £25

Armani 2-Pack T-Shirts – £26

Burton Bomber Jacket – £14

Superdry Leather Jacket – £200

Selected Homme Merino Knit – £55

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, 9th October, 2015

Friday Fashion – Men’s Style Edit No.8

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It’s the end of the week which means one thing, more men’s fashion advice in the Fashion Friday roundup. We’re getting colder days and longer nights, so keeping warm and layering up is starting to become a priority. Check out this week’s picks:

Converse Baseball Jacket – £120

Cheap Monday T Shirt – £20

Mango Suede Jacket – £120

Barbour Steve McQueen Jacket – £229

Hugo Boss Zip Top – £129

Hugo Boss Knit – £119

Tommy Hilfiger Shirt – £85

Superdry Jumper – £60

First up is this Converse bomber jacket. I love the contrasting body and sleeve colour, and the black works well with the dark grey. It’s light, but there’s enough padding to keep you warm throughout the Autumn.

Just because it’s getting cooler doesn’t mean you can’t add a tee to your wardrobe. This Cheap Monday tee is new and cool, complete with the Cheap Monday wording to the front, layer it with a shirt and jacket for warm Autumn style.

Suede jackets are always big for Autumn, and Mango Man do a few really nice jackets, which are reasonably priced. This one comes in a few colours, I’ve selected it in black. It has two flap pockets on either side of the jacket, with a zip-opening. With quilted panels on the shoulders and a bomber length, it’s a good choice for this season and for years to come.

Barbour wax jackets are iconic, and I love the Steve McQueen jackets. This one is new in at House Of Fraser, and is a timeless classic.

For the milder days and nights this light sweatshirt jacket from Hugo Boss will do the trick. It’s the Zkyler from the BOSS Orange line and is made from soft sweatshirt cotton material, in a light grey colour with mottled effect. It comes complete with kangaroo pouch pockets and is a regular fit.

I love pull-overs when it gets a bit colder, you can smarten up a look with a V-neck knit and a good shirt, so a solid sweater is always a good thing to own. This Hugo Boss sweater fits the bill, it’s available in a large number of colours, I’ve picked the classic black colour. It’s slim fit, and made from fine merino wool, so will feel as good as it looks.

If you want to go for a smart-casual look a patterned shirt will work well, whether you layer it up or wear it with a suede or leather jacket. When it gets colder you can layer it with a sweater or cardigan, dressing it up slightly but keeping a bit of that laid back look. I really like the colours of this Tommy Hilfiger shirt, the ‘Ryan’ regular fit shirt.

Last up is this jumper from Superdry. We all need a cosy, chunky knit, and this one looks to be exactly that. A cable knit jumper, in a classic cream colour, or ‘Porridge’ as the guys over at Superdry are calling it. It’s a crew neck which means you don’t have to worry too much about what you’ve got under it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday 🙂 As always, you can see last week’s here, and don’t forget to send me your tips on Twitter at @Michael84Blog 🙂


Friday, 25th September, 2015

Men’s Style Tips – Friday Fashion Edit No.6

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It’s that time of the week again! If you’ve been waiting for some men’s fashion advice ready for a weekend of shopping or just casual browsing, I have a few really nice picks for you. It’s been Autumn for a while, or it’s at least felt like it, but it was officially the Autumn Equinox on Wednesday, so we’re officially into Autumn. Here’s what I have been loving this week.

Farah Shirt – £55

Edwin Classic Sweatshirt £65

Jack Wills Hooded Sweat – £60

TOMS Chukka Boots – £79.99

Cheap Monday Black Jeans – £55

Reiss Suede Jacket – £375

H&M Quilted Suede Jacket – £150

ASOS Gingham Shirt – £20

First up I am going to start with this shirt from Farah. I really like blue for this season, navy or something a little lighter but not too light, it’s a great colour to layer and although it’s a fairly dark colour it will brighten up a black or dark grey jacket. This model is the Brewer slim fit shirt, and comes with contrasting white buttons which I love. A reasonable £55, button down collar and minimal branding.

I have always been fond of Japanese fashion and labels, they are always high quality and sought after. Edwin is a high end label which is highly thought of in the denim world, and have branched out into other areas of clothing, and they’re doing it well. This Edwin classic crew neck sweatshirt is available from The Idle Man, and could be a key piece in your wardrobe, styling it up with a patterned shirt underneath to create a smart-casual look, or keep it relaxed with a plain tee under.

Taken from my Budget Student Fashion For Men Guide I have borrowed this hooded top which comes from Jack Wills. It’s a full-zip up so can double up as a very light jacket on warmer days, just make sure you’re wearing a really nice tee under it.

I came across these Chukka boots from TOMS and really like them. They’re not formal at all, but they are very smart, and a nice break from usual casual kicks from Nike, Adidas, Converse or Vans. They’re black herringbone and look super stylish.

I think black jeans for the winter are really stylish and give your look a minimal feel with a plain black rinse. These Sonic Rinse Black from Cheap Monday look the part, I like the fit which is fashionable slim without being a skinny fit.

A suede jacket is a very desirable fashion item to have for the Autumn season, and this is one of the best I have seen. If you have a big budget of almost £400 it’s a complete no brainer, this Reiss Salamanda suede jacket in stone colour is a must have buy. It will last a good few years as long as you take care of it, and I can’t see this style or neutral colour going out of fashion any time soon.

Another suede jacket is this one from H&M. It’s a diamond quilted jacket, from their premium range. Bomber length and fully lined, it’s a bargain at only £150 and will add Autumnal style to your wardrobe.

And to end this weeks Fashion Friday we come back down to high street pricing with a £20 shirt from ASOS. The blue and white gingham pattern is stylish, and you’ll be able to wear this with a cardigan or knit and show just a little bit of that pattern to create a really smart look with a bit of edge.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday. As usual you can send me tips on Twitter here, and be sure to check out last week’s Fashion Friday if you missed it too 🙂


Sunday, 30th June, 2013

ASOS Summer ’13 Sale – Shorts: Michael 84 Edit

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Summer is here, which means a couple of things, first off it’s supposed to be hot, and second, there are lots of sales on at the moment in the world of fashion. If you are looking for some clothing to keep you cool this summer, now is the time to shop around.

It may not be boiling hot in the UK yet but it is warm and muggy, and it’s time to wear shorts, if not out definately while chilling. If you are going on your holidays to somewhere you’d wear shorts on a daily basis, I have selected a few pair from the ASOS sale, as you can see above.

I think that denim or chino style shorts are a much more grown up, fashionable style to wear, more so than swim shorts or casual sports shorts. I think a few pairs of “good” shorts are worth investing in, even if you are not a big fan of wearing shorts.

  • French Connection Stone colour shorts – £50 £22
  • Humor Red shorts – £50 £30
  • Cheap Monday – £49 £29
  • !Solid Blue Shorts – £50 £29
  • Minimum Green Shorts – £50 £35
  • Esprit Dip Dye Shorts – £45 £31

Saturday, 18th May, 2013

Pop Art T-Shirt By Criminal Damage & Cheap Monday Jeans

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So a few weeks back I saw a pop art t-shirt by Criminal Damage, I thought it was really nice so I bought it. I actually bought another one from an independent European label, but I am waiting for that to arrive. Anyway, This one has an all over print on both sides of the shirt and sleeves too, and I really like it. I have always been fascinated with pop art and that type of artistic movement, not that I am very arty :p

What do you think of the tee? Some may think it’s a bit too much but I really love it, and I can always tone it down with a jacket, or further with a cardigan.

I got some jeans too, these skinny jeans by Cheap Monday, A brand I have liked for years now. There jeans are really nice at a good price, and I like the fit, as well as the colours they do. These are a grey pair, I don’t have many, if any of this kind, and I have been into getting different coloured denim to add some dimension to what I wear.

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Sunday, 1st January, 2012

Urban Outfitters Christmas Sale 2011 Purchases

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So I got my order from Urban Outfitters, and picked up a couple of things. I got myself a new cricket jumper for spring, a t-shirt and they had some Love heart stampers, so I bought some on impulse 😛

 

A Dark grey t shirt from Cheap Monday, with a black skull logo. This is a nice soft feeling t-shirt, and is quite a timeless Cheap Monday design, since it uses their skull trademark logo.

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Thursday, 13th October, 2011

Fashionable Purchases Today

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Yesterday I ordered some things from ASOS and they have come today 🙂 Take a look at what I have; Lots of jeans, a knit top and even some ties! 😛

A pair of True Religion jeans with some very distinct stitching. I love these, and have been looking at getting them for a while, and finally got round to it. “Billy Super T” jeans from True Religion.

 

V Neck Knit from Junk De Luxe. I have blogged about this before, so finally bought it. It is of good quality, just as I expect from Junk De Luxe. I need some semi-smart knits for day-to-day and work etc.

Pepe Jeans. I have never bought this brand, they are famous and iconic of course and go way back, but I never found many retailers who stock them. I found these and like the wash, something a little different, they are a nice loose fit.

Cheap Monday, could be my favourite high street brand which I have never actually seen on the high street! 😛 These are a little more raw than what I usually go for, the wash is much lighter than I usually get too; But I wanted some variation in my jeans, so picked these up 🙂

 

My second pair of True Religion Jeans for today 😛 These are super smart black “GONO” jeans, so comfortable. I love True Religion, they are premium, but you can tell where your extra money goes.

 

Finally two ties…Ties?! I am not much of a tie person, but I have a few smart (plain) shirts now and thought these would go well with them if I want to smarten things up; They are skinny fashionable ties as you can see. Silver and purple.

So there you go! 🙂 I am happy with my purchases, everything fits and I love all of em, no need to send anything back for once 😛 I probably won’t need any more new jeans for a while either 😉


Friday, 25th February, 2011

ASOS Order: Snood, Tees, Jeans And Boxers

So I said yesterday that I had ordered from ASOS. I took a pic of the bag but it was too dark to take pics of the things I got. The light wasnt much better today, but I took some pics, here is what I got…

Pink Diesel T Shirt for the summer

Cheap Monday Skinny jeans in black.

Bjorn Borg Boxer Shorts In Red

Emporio Armani Boxer Shorts in Blue

Emporio Armani Printed design Boxer Shorts

Canada Goose Snood. I LOVE IT!! 😀

I also got another Cheap Monday T Shirt. It was really long in length when I tried it on. I didnt know it was like this, it was far too baggy, so I have sent it back. Not my style, but it did look good on the website.

Too Long…..Back it goes 🙁

The snood is my favourite item I got. I also love the boxers of course, another 3 pair to add to the collection 😛 The skinny jeans are good aswell, something different for my wardrobe, and another colour rather than Indigo :mrgreen:


Thursday, 22nd April, 2010

New T Shirts from Superdry and Cheap Monday

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I got some new clothing today! 🙂 I got 2 Superdry T Shirts like i said i was going to, and i decided to get a Cheap Monday T Shirt. I have nothing by Cheap Monday, so i decided to check them out. I also got the Baseball Jacket i was talking about, more on that later 🙂

This is a Superdry T Shirt with the “puff” style printing. It is green, and i decided to buy this colour because it seems my wardrobe is filled with black, white and blue, and wanted something different. Price: £20

This is a black Superdry t shirt with pink flock text. If you dont know what flock is, its a velvet/velour kind of feeling, so it feels really nice. Price: £25

This is my pruple striped Cheap Monday T Shirt. I think horazontal stripes are back, i have a few tops with them now. Unfortunatly as you can see this has a hole in, so back off it goes for a return. Not a good start between me and the brand Cheap Monday. I am not suprised, it is a very thin lightweight t shirt, so i imagine its prone to this. Price: £22.