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Gant is one of my favourite men's fashion brands and produce some really nice shirts, knitwear and chinos. Check out my style tips and advice for Gant, and what I'd wear with the brand on the blog.

Friday, 30th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.13 – Best Menswear This Week

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So here we are, back for another Fashion Friday! Autumn is definitely kicking in, the dark nights are coming fast, and it’s definitely getting much, colder! 🙁 Both of these things are bad, but the good part about Autumn is the clothing choices available. Layering is always good, and I can bring out my knits once again for what will most probably be daily wear. For scents to warm things up you can check out the best fragrances for Autumn, but here are my favourite brand new menswear for the week.

I featured the H&M Modern Essentials AW16 on the blog a few weeks ago, and I have selected the stripe wool blend sweatshirt from the collection. My other picks from H&M are the merino wool polo neck jumper in dark grey, along with a blue long sleeve T-shirt. I really love the colour of both of these pieces, the tee brightens up any look, and the grey jumper is a classic piece for any wardrobe for the Autumn.

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Wool Blend stripe sweatshirt – £15here

Blue long sleeve T-shirt – £8here

Merino wool polo neck jumper – £30here

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The Ario knit from Minimum is 100% wool and a really warm chunky type of jumper which looks like it will hold up well in the colder Autumn days and nights to come. I really love the colour for Autumn, it will also transcend into other seasons since the colour is neutral. It’s £100 here. The sonjay bomber jacket is made of polyester so should do well in the rain, and being black will stand up to most things which looking ever stylish. I love the diamond quilted pattern, and it’s yours for £100 here. Last up from Minimum is the tahi shirt, and it’s a good one. 100% Cotton, it’s a check shirt with blue and white checks in a buffalo print style which is something I’ve always loved. The fit looks pretty good, and the white buttons stand out in the design. You can get this for £55 here.

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The Seaton shirt is from the Tailored by Solid line and it’s such a great navy blue colour which I’d probably say is almost midnight blue. The contrasting white buttons really stand out which sets off the dark colour. Get it for £50 here. If you’re in need of a cardigan the Dorsk from Tiger of Sweden could be a good option. It’s a zip up rather than the traditional button up, and is made from merino wool. Get it here for £150. Finally another bomber jacket, this one from GANT and is called the Loft. It’s 100% polyester and lightweight but has plenty of insulation to keep you warm. You can get it for £200 here.

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From TOPMAN I have picked out this black premium duck down bomber from the LTD collection. It’s warm and could be your next Autumn/Winter coat, with premium features such as real duck down, it’s at a really good price for only £100 here. It is the season for bomber jackets, so here is another from TOPMAN. It comes in black complete with zip up and made from 100% cotton and will work with anything from your wardrobe. Get it for only £25 here. Last up is this sweatshirt, and I love the mint colour for this season. You can pair it with the bomber jacket or another staple colour and it will work. Get it for £35 here.

That’s your lot for this weeks Fashion Friday! As always if you see anything shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog and let me know, and you can read more of my men’s style tips over here for ideas on what to pair with these for Autumn.


Friday, 9th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.12 – Best Menswear Of The Week

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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

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

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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

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.

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 must have denim guide, you’ll want at least one pair of black denim in your armoury. Get a pair of classic Levis for £80

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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

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

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

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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

If you prefer to have smarter footwear, Paul Smith has 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

That’s it for Fashion Friday this week! Remember to check out the more mens fashion advice for style tips, and as always, if you spot something worth a mention, shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog and let me know 🙂


Thursday, 24th March, 2016

Gant Spring/Summer 16 Collection – Michael 84 Edit

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I really love GANT, they make some really nice men’s fashion, and I’ve had some really nice things from them including this cream cable knit, a couple of shirts and I have featured them in my spring knitwear guide too. For the Spring/Summer season, they have released their updated collection, filled with bright and vibrant style, and perfect if you’re looking for an upgrade refresh, or just need to add a couple of items to your wardrobe.

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Friday, 6th November, 2015

Fashion Friday Edit No.10 – Style Tips

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Welcome to this week’s Fashion Friday! This week’s edit features some great style if you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe for the winter with a few pieces, and are perfect for the party season which is upon us. Check out some of the men’s fashion tips for this week below, all available to buy right now.

H&M Shirt – £8 – here

H&M Merino Wool Knit – £25 – here

Jaeger Jacket – £125 – here

John Smedley Redfree Knit – £139 – here

Burton Montague Blazer – £85 – here

GANT Trunks – £35 – here

First up is this shirt from H&M. I love the all over pattern, but it doesn’t have to be loud. You can tone this down with a knit, cardigan or jacket. The shirt gives off a party edge and will work with a blazer which are coming up.

You can never have too many knits, and H&M have a few great deals. If you’re looking for good knits you want to be looking for 100% wool (or as close as you can get), this one is merino wool which is fine knit and really nice to wear. Wear it with a shirt underneath for a perfect match.

This Jaeger jacket is currently on sale, and for a 100% wool jacket is a good price. It’s a charcoal colour which is very versatile and less ‘cold’ than black, and will work well with the shirt seen here, other shirts or knits.

We’re in jumper season but they don’t all have to be plain. I really love this stripe knit from John Smedley. It’s made in Great Britain and is 100% cotton, so pairing this with a blazer and shirt will keep you warm without making you stuffy.

A blazer is a good option for party season, so if you’re planning an outfit for an office party this could be an option. It’s a flecked blue jacket from Burton. A 100% wool option for £85 with blue tipped lapels, it’s part of the Montague range.

That’s a wrap for this week’s Fashion Friday 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed these pieces. As always you can get a reminder of last week’s fashion Friday edit here, and if you have any tips for me you can reach out to me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog


Tuesday, 6th January, 2015

Christmas Clothing 2014 – Loungewear, Boxers & Top

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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… 😉

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Thursday, 17th July, 2014

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

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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! 😀


Tuesday, 14th January, 2014

Boxers From This Christmas

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As always, I got several pair of boxer shorts this Christmas. I actually forgot to post them up, so here they are. If you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that I do love my boxer shorts, and have so many pair! I need to take an updated pic of them all 😀

Here I have some Armani and CK boxers, pretty standard. I also got some from Tokyo Laundry and Gant which I’ve not had before. Both are really good, but I do have a love affair with Gant, shirts, knits and now I can add boxer shorts to that list too.


Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

Christmas Jumpers For 2013 Festivities Part 1

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Christmas is coming round fast, and if there is one thing you need to get yourself it’s a Christmas jumper. Join in the festive spirit and add some Christmas cheer to your wardrobe with a jumper to keep you warm this winter. They are considered by some to be a bit tacky, cheap or novelty, but there is so much fashion or fun you can have with your knitwear this year. You have to be quick, because once they are gone, they are usually gone! Don’t hesitate in getting your favourite jumper for this season.

Here are a few of my early favourites, part 1 of some Christmas jumpers, from some expensive designer brands, to more cheaper high street labels which still look great to wear on your Christmas party or night out.






Tuesday, 15th October, 2013

Autumn/Winter Fashion – Out With The Tees, In With The Knitwear

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Autumn has well and truly arrived, and it’s brought horrible winter weather with it. It’s time to change around the wardrobe which means out with most of the t-shirts, and in with warm jumpers, chunky knits and smarter fashionable knitwear for winter nights out.

I do actually like Autumn parts of fashion, the same way as I like spring; You can wear more and mix things up more, rather than in summer when it’s too hot for jackets, or the coldest winter days where you have to be dressed in so many layers just to stay warm.

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Four of my favourite knits; 100% cashmere from Jaeger, a cashmere blend from Jaeger, a blue Gant knit and black one from Tiger Of Sweden.

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Friday, 22nd February, 2013

Men’s Fashion Trends: Dip Dye & Tie Dye For Summer 2013

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It’s not the 60s any more, but the colour from back in the day are back for Spring Summer 2013 in the form of tie dye and dip dye fashion. A few months ago I brought you the dip dye Billionaire Boys Club jeans, they look amazing and are something distinctive and different. If you want something a little different to the standard dark and light denim, they are definitely the thing to get.

Bright coluors have been the key to recent fashion trends, we have seen the Top Man Generations showcasing bright oranges, Hugo by BOSS and light pastal colours in it’s Spring 2013 campaign and others.

I really love the dip dye, and the effect it produces. When it’s done right and done with great colours, it gives amazing results with looks that will turn heads. If you are looking to add something dynamic to your wardrobe this would make a great addition.

  1. Red & white dip dye t-shirt by Worn By, with printed pattern throughout the tee. £32 at ASOS
  2. Blues to white dip dye t-shirt from United Colours Of Benetton. £23
  3. Blues and white dip dye jumper from Gant. This is such a beautiful piece, probably my favourite from this little selection. £100
  4. Dip Dye hoodie by ASOS. Blue to green colour, not the greatest colours to blend, but does not look too bad. £28
  5. Indigo tie dye shirt from TopMan. Oversized fit, £34
  6. Hype tie dye socks. Yes! Even socks have got the tie dye treatment. Hype logo from TopMan. £10/pair
  7. Billionaire Boys Club dip dye denim. Look amazing and be different with these. £215 each

 


Thursday, 10th January, 2013

Fenwick Newcastle Sale Purchases

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One of the best stores in Newcastle is Fenwick. I love the place, it’s the home to brands such as Armani Jeans, Paul Smith, All Saints, Hugo Boss, Jaeger and more. There sales are always pretty good too, so yesterday I went and checked it out, a bit late I know, but they still had lots of great fashion on offer.

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I do love Armani Jeans and have done for a long time, but have not bought any for a while. I found these which I really like. simple, stylish and contemporary with a great feel. These were £75.

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Bargain of the sales of any store! Something else from Armani Jeans, this blue tee. I love the colour, I have had a few t-shirts in the same colour in the past. With the “A” logo printed on the base but still a pretty contemporary design. The great thing about AJ is that the collections are pretty timeless, so they make a good purchase at any time. This was £55 and was marked down to… £16.50!! Yes, £16.50 for an Armani Jeans t-shirt. Even using this as a base layer or undergarment it would still be a steal. 

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My Gant shirt. I do have a bit of a love affair going with Gant. I got a few knits and a shirt from them last year, and this year I have got myself another. The shirts just feel really nice, and I like this design. This shirt was £40 reduced from £90.

 


Monday, 3rd December, 2012

Christmas Jumpers For Men Tips This Festive Season

It’s not something which can be worn all year round, but it’s something which you should have one of in your wardrobe, I am talking about the traditional Christmas jumper.

For a while they had been seen as some sort of novelty and a joke, an unwanted gift from your nana, but really they are just something fun to wear for the festive period. For this winter trend, I have done a round up from some of the online stores retailing some really nice and traditional knits and jumpers.

Christmas Jumper Guide

UPDATE Check out The Best Christmas Jumpers for 2016 here.

UPDATE – Check out The Best Christmas Jumpers 2015 for men here.

Check out the best Christmas Jumpers for 2014, packed with the best festive and novelty Christmas Jumpers and knits.

From ASOS

  • Green snowflake jumper by ASOS – £30
  • White and Red Xmas jumper – £38
  • Red and cream knit – £30

From TopMan

  • Navy Reindeer Jumper – £38
  • Red/White Stag Jumper – £38
  • Burgundy Wolves Jumper – £30

Urban Outfitters

  • Navy Fair Isle Sweater – £60
  • Pattern Vintage Renewal Christmas Sweater – £55
  • Grey Fair Isle Sweater – £60

From Next

Next Christmas Jumpers – £25 each. Featuring Christmas Pudding, Tree, Snowman and Reindeer.

From River Island

 

  • Reindeer Jumper – £38
  • Blue multi graphic Knit – £38
  • Cream/Navy Knit – £38

 From Very

  • Gant Reindeer Jumper – £135
  • Goodsouls Reindeer all over print Jumper – £30
  • Goodsouls Reindeer Jumper – £30

 From House Of Fraser

 

  • Gant snowflake Jumper – £100
  • J. Lindeberg navy Knit – £92
  • Tommy Hilfiger Knit – £76

Wednesday, 28th December, 2011

Bought Some Stuff In The Sales Today

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Hello blog!

So today I got up really early, 8am, and went to the sales in Newcastle. It was not as good as I thought, maybe I missed out going a few days after boxing day. There were a few good things, but lots of sale items were not so good, or the discount was not amazing, e.g. I saw a shirt reduced from £99 to £90, not really an amazing sale.

But I did find a few things which I really liked, I picked up some really cool stuff

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