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Tuesday, 10th October, 2017

Men’s Fashion Tips – Knitwear And Jumpers Guide For Autumn/Winter

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Introduction

Autumn is here and Winter is here, so that can only mean layering and getting some knitwear and jumpers for the upcoming season. I love knitwear and jumpers, there is a huge variety of styles, colours, patterns and fabrics to buy, and you can create a great deal of different looks, depending on the style you would like to go for. I will showcase 10 of the biggest brands and fashion labels, from the more modest and budget friendly end of the high street, to some higher end brands and fabrics. You’ll find  some advice and tips on what to look out for when choosing your knits for this autumn and winter.

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Friday, 30th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.13 – Best Menswear This Week

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 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

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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 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

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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 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

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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 here

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  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 @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.

Here’s my picks, the Michael 84 edit of a few things I’ve found over at GANT.

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If there’s one thing I love about Spring and summer fashion it’s different colour chinos. I was a bit of a late adopter to adding colour to my lower half, then started out a few years ago with white denim, and now I really like to add some colour with other colourful options perfect for Spring/Summer. The key is to use pastel colours which are vibrant without being too loud or bold, and style them with neutral colours such as whites, blues, blacks and greys. GANT are doing an array of colours, including sand lilac, blue and green, perfect to create a new look. Shop for their summer chinos here, they are £100 a pair.

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Linen is a good choice when you want to wear a shirt in warmer climates, so adding one of these to your wardrobe is a good option. Great to take on holiday or to wear on a beach, this comes in at £100 and you can get it here. A light blazer is also a good thing to own, and I really love the colour of this herringbone jacket, which is a cotton-linen mix. It’s expensive at £345, but should last for a good few summers. Get it here. Lightweight knits are brilliant for cooler days and nights, and GANT have so many great choices. Team up a V-neck with a shirt, they’re £90 here and available in lots of seasonal and stable colours.

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Polo’s are a perfect in-between if you want something more casual than a button-up shirt and more formal than a tee. I really love this navy option with pin striping which will keep you looking smart and cool all at the same time. It’s £100 here. Since it’s still pretty cool right now, a pullover is still an option, and I really like this luxurious cashmere wool hoodie. Wear it with a tee under for a cosy-casual look, or just wear it zipped up with nothing. It’s expensive at £185, but it is cashmere. Get it here.


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


Friday, 11th September, 2015

Fashion Friday Edit: Men’s Style Tips No.4

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Another Friday rolls around and that means one thing on Michael 84, another Fashion Friday round up. If you’re looking for some men’s style tips, and are wondering what brands and clothing shops have got in store from brand new products to season must haves, I have got you covered! Here’s this week’s top picks. Remember you can always look at last week’s style edit here.

Jack & Jones Leather Jacket – £165 here

Alan Rust Hoodie – £50 here

M&S Autograph Scarf – £20 here

Solid Shirt – £40 here

Boss Green T-Shirt In Red – £45 here

Cheap Monday Jeans – £55 here

GANT Knit – £120 here

Hugo Boss Socks – 2 Pack – £16 – here

First up is a leather jacket from Jack & Jones, available at Nelly. I have had my eye on this for a while. It’s a genuine leather jacket which is always what you should go for, authentic is the way to go, and buying faux-leather should be left alone, especially at this price of only £165! I love the colour, dark purple. The staple colours of leather jackets are black, brown and lighter shades of brown such as camel, but this purple one is contemporary and quite toned down. Because it’s not black and not too light, it’s going to work with a lot of different colour options, and is going to set you apart from the crowd.

A short sleeve hoodie? I am not quite sure what to make of these, in fact I was not a fan at all. However this Alan Rust all white number has got me second thinking. With the cooler autumn months we need to wrap up a bit, and I do like this clean cut bright white sweat.

A scarf is a great addition to any outfit, and every man should own at least one, preferably a few for different occasions. This one is a Merino wool scarf from the Autograph collection at M&S, and is really good quality at a great price point.

Check shirts will never die, they just wont. The great thing about these is that there’s a pretty much unlimited amount of styles and colour combinations out there. This one from Solid caught my eye, I really like the pattern. The blue, red and white really do work well, and it’s something which will be able to be layered well, and comes complete with a button down collar.

Another item which is good for layering is this T-Shirt from BOSS Green. It’s still warm enough to wear a tee, and you can choose this one to brighten up a dark jacket or cardigan. The red is really rich, and will make any outfit pop.

A trend which looks set to carry over into at least the first half of Autumn is the ripped jeans trend. Cheap Monday have a pair of black skinny fits which fit the trend well, with rips on the knees.

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year because of knits, and this cable knit from GANT really defines why I love the season. It just looks really warm, and it is. This is off white, a perfect bright colour which can be layered with a shirt or worn with a jacket to create a cool Autumnal look.

You can never really have enough socks, and if yours are looking a bit tired or dated then this 2-pack from Hugo Boss would be a good choice. There’s various colours available, I have personally selected blue, I think they’re a more fashionable colour these days than the classic black, and you probably have lots of pairs of black socks.

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks Fashion Friday. For more, remember to check out all my men’s fashion tips for the latest advice in men’s style and clothing. As always, you can send your tips to me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog 😉 If you want more inspiration feel free to read last week’s Fashion Friday here.


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! 😀


Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Fashion Advice – Spring Knitwear For Men

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One thing I love about the spring is spring knitwear. It’s not warm enough to walk around in just a t-shirt, and not cold enough for a winter coat and layers of clothing, it’s perfect weather for spring knitwear. It’s important to remember that knitwear such as jumpers and cardigans should not be put away when the first glimpse of sunshine comes, and that they are great pieces to build up your wardrobe and look with. You can keep it simple and toned down with darker colours such as dark greys, blues and black, or a great thing to do is to add some subtle colour to your look with a pastel colour knit.

Lightweight And Layering

It is Spring which means it’s not freezing cold, however it’s not boiling hot. The key is to choose cardigans or jumpers which are lightweight, not big, heavy, bulky feeling items. The look you are trying to achieve is to combine both the knitwear and the shirt or t-shirt you’re wearing. Layering your outfit creates an extra dimension to your look, and transforms a simple shirt into a focal point of your look.

Jumpers, V-Necks, Cardigans – What to choose?

A round neck jumper is a choice you can make without worrying too much about layering, since you will not see much of what is underneath. Still, you can layer it with a shirt exposing the collar, make sure you go for a colour which matches the jumper, a plain or pattern could work for this.

A V-Neck knit is a great thing to go for when you want to dress up that little bit smarter, but remember that you will have to wear something under it to complete the look. A T-Shirt will almost certainly look a bit sloppy, so a shirt is the way to go. Again, make sure you choose colours which compliment each other well, a plain shirt will be easier to combine with the V-neck.

A cardigan is the most versatile of the three and can easily be worn as a casual or more formal type of clothing. Layer it with a shirt for a smarter look, a clean t-shirt can still give a smart image or go for a printed tee if you want to be ultra casual.

Brighten up your look

I think the best aspect of spring knitwear is that you can add colour to your look, which instantly brightens up your outfit and will get you noticed but at the same time you can keep it minimal. You don’t need to run out and buy a jumper in every colour and then have to find something to match. You can keep things simple by starting out with a light grey or blue colour, which is not too outrageous but is light and team it with light coloured jeans or chinos, or for a more neutral look stick to indigo denim.

Here are some of my picks for the Spring 2014 season.

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Tommy Hilfiger Green £80 | John Smedley £125 | Gant £72

The Tommy Hilfiger green V-neck is a great reminder that spring is here, and combining it with a white or pale blue shirt and indigo jeans would be good. The ice blue John Smedley is a round neck jumper, a navy blue shirt would work with this. The Gant is quite a rich pink, a light blue would work well, or go for the ultimate contrast with a black shirt.

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Ralph Lauren Light Pink £88 | Tommy Hilfiger Mustard £90 | Reiss ELM £69

The light pink Ralph Lauren is a good spring colour along with the mustard yellow Tommy Hilfiger, a clean white shirt would be good for both of these. The Reiss crew neck is a good light colour which could be worn with bright blue chinos to create a colour blocking type look.

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Gant Pink £84 | Gant Purple £72 | Gant Green £72

The Gant round neck collar jumper is a cable style knit which adds texture to the look. Gant offer a lot of pastel colours including these purple and green tops.

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A basic cardigan from H&M in a marled colour gives off some great contrast. He By Mango has this cardigan as featured before, crème colour with navy detailing, as well as the nautical theme which looks very clean.

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Two basic cardigans from River Island and Topman. A darker grey colour to give off a simpler and more toned down look, or add some colour with the red. Zara have a dip dye grandad neck cardigan, the faded colour adds dimension to your outfit.

Final Word

This has been an introduction to spring knitwear for this spring which I hope gives some insight to what is on offer for this season. They key things are to brighten up your look, create a colour scheme to your liking with pastel colours for a more toned down look if that’s what you prefer, and to incorporate a knit into your look which will always create more dimension whether you’re going for a casual or smarter style.


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.