I picked up a couple of things from the House Of Fraser sale. I like HOF, they do a lot of brands, from high street fashion to the more high end of the fashion brands which I like. I picked up a pair of chinos by Mango, some Armani Jeans and a Lacoste Polo Shirt.
Lacoste Polo Shirts are timeless. I had a few when I was a teen, and they are as great then as they are now. They usually cost around £60, so when you find these in the sale they are worth the money because they don’t go out of style and the brand is well known for their Polo Shirts. I got this grey one for £37.50, a tad more than half price which is a good deal.
A tradition of the Christmas sales is getting at least one pair of Armani Jeans. I love them so much, they always fit well and I especially like the softer denim they do. These are made from their comfort material as they call it, and really are super soft. It’s a black wash, which I don’t have too many of so this pair appealed to me quite a bit. They were around £100 which is a reasonable price.
Even though I love jeans, particularly dark washes like black and indigo, I’ve wanted to get into more colour in the past few years. I got a lot of colour chinos and denim from Monkee Genes last year, and wrote about this in my coloured denim guide. It’s sometimes thought of a more summer look, but I like to brighten up an outfit and wear other colours. This pair of jeans are a nice colour and are a slim stretch fit. I have bought another pair in an off-white colour which I am waiting for. They are currently £22.
Summer is here and it got me thinking about a few pieces for this week’s fashion edit. I have came across some brand new items which I love, and some essential picks for your summer wardrobe.
The Topman tartan T-shirt is a longer length, oversized fit which will see you looking good this summer. If you like the baggy look, try out this print for only £20. Grab it here.
Basic tees are an essential, and H&M have re-stocked their stretch tops in a variety of summer colours and the classics black and white. You can pair them with inexpensive twill trousers, which are available in light colours, or get some chino shorts, also available in a variety of colours. Shop for your look at H&M here.
A linen shirt will have you looking casual as well as smart, roll up those sleeves for the summer, wear the shirt open with a basic top under and create a great summer look. You can pick up this shirt for £46 from He By Mango here.
The World Cup is less than a month away, and is such a great worldwide event, even if you’re not the biggest football fan. Get in the spirit with an Adidas Originals t-shirt, the hosts are Brazil and you can get this map outline with Adidas print for £22 here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
H&M £14.99 | He By Mango £27.99 | He By Mango £45.99
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.
River Island Cardigan £20 | Topman £24 | Zara £39.99
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.
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.
He By Mangois a brand I love, and I have had a few pieces from their previous collections which I have featured on the blog. I love the contemporary styling with a modern look and fit, with so many pieces in every collection which can be firm favourites. I have picked out a few items from their special category, which I really love.
Above we have a leather aviator jacket. I was not a big fan of leather jackets until a few years ago, I have always associated leather jackets with punk rock, bikers or a grungy gothic look. While that is true, you can get leather in a contemporary style, which can create a smart-casual look which looks very cutting edge and fashionable. This blue jacket is a bomber length which I love, and being a navy colour will look great in combination with both light and dark tops or shirts. At only £140 it’s a great jacket which is 100% genuine leather.
Spring is here, so you can bring out some light colours, and this cream coloured cardigan is a good jumping off point. I love the blue contrasting detail, it really adds something to the piece. Shown here with a white shirt it works perfect, and will give off a lighter look without you being freezing in the still chilly spring days. Did I mention it was a cashmere blend? Only 5% but will almost certainly be soft to touch. Grab it for only £27.99
Add a touch of class to your look with this textured blazer. A cotton mix and a blue-grey colour add a pocket square to the front top pocket and you’ll be good to go. The textured colour and pattern adds a contemporary dimension to it, and it’s yours for £89.99.
He By Mangoshowcased their Spring / Summer 2014 collection at 080 Barcelona Fashion Show. Looks that emphasize the individual from the period and a certain liking for simplicity and comfort, reducing right down to the essential.
Check out the key looks from the runway below, my favourites are the sand cardigan, baseball style jacket and the blazer above.
I have finally taken pics of all the fashion I got this Christmas! I got a few things, and also bought a couple of things myself from Mango. I have other stuff from the sales which I will feature in separate posts 😀
A purple pure cashmere knit. I already have a load of knits, but none in purple, so this will go well with my purple and lighter coloured shirts.
This Hugo Boss t-shirt is a really nice colour and a comfortable fit.
I got this He By Mango t shirt too. It’s a stretch cotton tee with a simple logo to the front.
I have a new love for shirts, and have done since last year. I wear them a lot more these days, and this is just one I have got this Christmas. It’s He By Mango too, and a really nice fit and colour.
Back to school and it’s autumn. One of my favourite things to buy and wear these days are knits. Whether it be cardigans, pull overs, chunky knits, jumpers or whatever, I really do love them and like to mix them up with shirts, tees and jackets.
One of the great things about them are the amount of different colours and styles which are available. A lightweight knit along with a shirt will transform your look into something really casual to something very smart and preppy.
Armani Jeans wool crewneck – £165
Thomas Pink V-Neck 100% merino wool – £89
Gant V-Neck 100% lambswool – £85
Ted Baker Cardigan – £89
Barbour Knit – £100
Selected Homme – £45
He By Mango V-Neck Knit – £45.99
John Smedley Cardigan – £80
Joules V-Neck Knit – £45
Round Neck/Crew Neck Collar
These are perfect to buy if you want to wear a t-shirt underneath, or even nothing under your jumper. They can always be worn with a shirt under, but you will not expose much of the shirt, usually only the top part of the collar so if you are looking to layer this may not be the choice of knit to wear.
V-Neck and Cardigans
V-Necks are obviously opened at the neck, which means you really need to wear something under it. This is where a great shirt can make the outfit. Making sure the colours of the jumper and shirt go together is the key to creating a really great look. Don’t be afraid to wear a patterned shirt if it suits the knit well. Contemporary Checks and strips can go well with a plainer looking knit. The same can be said for cardigans, as they are very versatile you can wear them open or buttoned down, make sure your shirt suits the colours of the cardigan well.
Mix up your colours
The autumn brings out the dark nights, but your fashion does not need to follow this trend. Most brands and labels have a huge colour palette when it comes to knits, which can brighten up your wardrobe. Get yourself something neutral such as a black, blue or grey knit, these are real staples and can be worn with the vast majority of things you’ll already have in your wardrobe. But don’t be afraid to go to town on the colours, going bolder with reds, yellows, greens and even pink.
It’s another back to school fashion guide! It’s September so that means one thing, back to school, college or uni for those who are getting an education. Get the first day of term right with the perfect outfit. This post is dedicated to jeans, a good pair of jeans goes a long way. Buying a nice, comfortable, stylish and sturdy pair can last you quite a while, and getting something contemporary will ensure that they are timeless.
When it comes to denim, paying a little bit extra does go a long way. Jeans are always in style, they are a very versatile part of any wardrobe and buying a good pair will last a long time. When paying a lot of money for jeans you should look at it as an investment; A high end fashion label t-shirt will be cool for a while, but not forever.
I believe everyone should own at least one pair of good denim, whether it be to wear on that special occasion, make a formal look more casual or just a piece to add to your wardrobe. You can be fairly confident that buying a simple but stylish pair of jeans will stand the test of time, look good but most importantly feel great.
Fit – My personal favourite fit of jeans are slim or regular fit. They don’t have to be drainpipe skinny style to be fitted, there is a preference in fashion at the moment for this type of style. Leave the flares and the like back in the past.
Wash – I do love darker washes of jeans. They are a smarter cleaner looking style without being too formal, and look good around the house, in town, down the pub or in a club. To add a bit of character and dimension I like the faded and light distressed looks, I would stay clear of acid wash and rough distressed styles to maintain versatility.
I finally got my He By Mangosuede jacket yesterday. This is from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection from He By Mango, which I blogged about here. I loved this jacket so much I had to have it 😀 There are three different colours, brown, navy and this one which they call castaña which is “chestnut” in Spanish (I know that since you say that for a hair colour in Spanish haha 😉 ).
I wanted to get something a different colour, most of my jackets or tops are a dark colour and I wanted something lighter for the spring. I do have a leather jacket which is a dark brown which I like, and I have my All Saints denim jacket which is a light grey wash which I got for last spring/summer.
It’s a short cropped style fit, with external pockets as you can see and an internal one too. The front has buttons, most of which are concealed and is also a zip up, there are same colour elbow patches too.
Yesterday I received the few things I ordered from He By Mango. I am still waiting for a jacket, these were from their sale. Some real bargains including these 2 belts, which I love.
I am starting to wear a belt more and more, some of my jeans are quite loose so I need it, but other than that it’s also cool to wear a nice belt. I got a brown leather one which is a very soft and light leather, and a black snake skin one which is very thick. They are both very small, they are 80cms and the one I use the most by Ted Baker is 81cms, so that’s a 1cm difference right? Nope! These ones from Mango are much smaller, they do just about fit and are supposed to be for a 32″ (My waist is around 30″ and it just fits me, it’s on the very first notch). Next time if I get one of these I will get a 90.
A cardigan, wow I have never bought one for several months! 😛 I have red, green, black, and blue cardigans, and now I have this grey one too. I like the detailing to the front which gives a contemporary look.
The shirt was a bargain at only £10 so I had to have it. I probably should not buy any more blue shirts, I have far too many in my wardrobe.
I am awaiting my Spring/Summer 13 jacket which will hopefully come next week and I will blog about that then 🙂
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