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H & M

Hennes & Mauritz aka H&M is a high street retailer from Sweden. They focus on high street fashion and prices, and retail everything from menswear and womenswear to homewear. Popular amongst fashionable people, H&M has guest designers such as Versace and collections by David Beckham. Check out the latest releases and my personal favourites from H&M.

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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Monday, 26th June, 2017

Men’s Summer Fashion Tips – Sweat Shorts [UPDATED 2017]

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UPDATED FOR 2017

Sweatpants have been thought of for a long time as super casual, and of course they can be worn for a laid back and chilled out style. However more recently we’ve seen a resurgence in sport luxe fashion, with higher end menswear brands showcasing their take on the trends, with casual tops and bottoms including more stylish, better cut sweat pants and joggers. From that comes the summer trend of sweat shorts, and it’s something I really like and have embraced.

You may remember I got a few pair of sweat shorts from H&M a short while ago, and I really like them. At only £8 a pair you can’t go wrong, and they are good quality with a really nice fit. The summer season is here, and other fashion labels and brands have an array of sweat shorts ready for you to buy, in a range of colours and styles.

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Tuesday, 9th May, 2017

H&M Summer 2017 Menswear – Michael 84 Edit

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Summer is right around the corner, and the menswear brands have been getting ready for some time, with a lot of brands and labels having their clothing ready to go for Summer! I’ve noticed a few really nice pieces from H&M this year, so here’s my edit from their Summer 2017 Collection part 1; No doubt they’ll be adding more and more as the season progresses.

First of all H&M do a lot of fast fashion, that means pieces are continually being added all the time. It also means that most things are quite inexpensive, so if you’re looking to add one or two pieces to your wardrobe it’s perfect.

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Monday, 9th January, 2017

Current Men’s Trends: The Camel Overcoat

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To be perfectly honest I was never a fan of the overcoat. There’s always been the need and love for a good Winter coat, denim jackets and bombers are always good for milder weather, and I finally joined the suede and leather crew a couple of years ago when I started buying those jackets and coats too. It didn’t feel like an overcoat had much of a place in my wardrobe, but as my style has evolved, and as I’ve learned more and more, and appreciated fashion more and more, I’ve finally started to get on board with the overcoat.

Camel Is The Colour

This season there’s been a huge influx of camel overcoats, it feels like more than usual, and so many people, including myself, is getting on board with this trend. Camel is of course, nothing new, and is a colour which is pretty much timeless, and can be found in all seasons of clothing; From camel linen suits and chinos in the Spring and Summer, to bombers in Autumn and of course the overcoat and peacoats in Winter.

The camel colour, unsparingly, comes from the colour of the hair of the humble camel. It’s a close colour to brown, and other similar shades are things such as sand, tan, beige, coffee, and khaki to name a few.

What Is An Overcoat?

I’ve touched on a couple of points below, but what is an overcoat anyway? Well it’s as it sounds, a coat that goes over your clothing. It really is that simple. Layering is something which guys can do with fashion in the Autumn and Winter, and an overcoat is the last layer which you can put on. If you want to layer up a knit or jumper, you can use the overcoat as your outerwear layer. If you’re looking to look smart in a suit but the weather is sub zero, an overcoat is perfect to layer over then take off once you’re inside.

Overcoats can be double breasted or single breast, but personally I prefer a single breast jacket. They come with a button closure, usually three or four, with straight or diagonal pockets which can be flap, a chest pocket, with buttons on the cuff and vent to the back. The length is no shorter than mid-length, and no longer than knee length.

Overcoat Or Peacoat?

Pea coats and overcoats are different, but sometimes can be categorised as the same, as they can share similar features, usually that they’re made from wool and are both pretty thick, heavy pieces usually with three or four buttons. The main differences are that a peacoat is double breasted, and is shorter, usually thigh length, whereas an overcoat is longer, usually mid length to knee length and can be single or double breasted.

What To Wear With A Camel Coat

Since camel is a neutral colour, lights and darks work well with a camel overcoat. That means whether you’re wearing black or white, navy or grey, the colours will work well with camel. When it comes to other colours, most will work fine, occasionally brighter, bolder colours may work, but are usually avoided as they’re not much of a Winter trend, and since the overcoat is a Wintery trend they’re not usually seen together.

You can wear this casually with a sweatshirt, layer over your favourite jumper and shirt combo, or wear over your suit if you’re going for the smart look. A favourite look for the season is a roll-neck knit, they work well in all colours, with hues of grey being a favourite, and black being sleek, with the lighter camel coat keeping the whole look light, warm and understated. An overcoat is designed to go over any clothing, whether it’s smart, smart casual or even something as casual as a hoodie, and it will smarten up the more casual pieces, or add to a smarter look.

Related: Knitwear Guide For Autumn/Winter

The Best Camel Coats For 2017

Here’s the best camel overcoats for 2017, from budget options to more expensive and designer brands, there’s an option for whatever your budget.

Budget Camel Coats

Overcoats From H&M

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H&M Blended Wool Coat – £80 – here

H&M Cashmere-Wool Blend – £120 – here

H&M Wool Blend Dark Camel – £120 – here

Overcoats From Zara

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Zara Camel Overcoat – £100 – here

Zara Camel Coat – £120 – here

Zara Overcoat in dark Camel – £120 – here

High Street Camel Overcoats

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Peter Werth Overcoat – £174 – here

Farah Askern Wool Coat – £170 – here

Corsivo Quintino Overcoat – £180 – here

Crombie Overcoats

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I have to mention one of the most quintessentially British brands so synonymous with the overcoat that many people call them all Crombies. There’s only one Crombie, and it’s a brand, rather than the style of coat and has been around since 1805 when John Crobie started producing luxury overcoats which are still available today. Here’s two in camel, and a bonus one in brown.

Wool And Cashmere Crombie – £995 – here

Pure Wool Camel Coat – £895 – here

Herringbone Retro Brown Crombie – £895 – here 

Verdict

The Camel overcoat is a timeless trend which is worth the investment. Having said that, it really is an Autumn/Winter trend, so you’ll only get limited uses and wears from the coat, and will probably mix it up with your proper winter coat. When you’re going for a smart look and it’s sub zero temperatures outside, it’s a great piece of clothing to pull out of you wardrobe, and with budget options available, there’s no reason not to get yourself one of these. Check out more men’s fashion trends over on the blog, and let me know what you think of this style.


Tuesday, 1st November, 2016

The Weeknd Teams Up With H&M

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H&M have announced another celebrity style collaboration, this time with Canadian RnB artist The Weeknd. This comes after H&M have worked with other celebs, including the ever popular David Beckham lines, and their special brand collaborations, which the Kenzo x H&M collection is released this Thursday, 3rd November. The Weeknd has his own clothing line, XO, with H&M stating that this collaborative line will feature key items for Spring which he’s handpicked himself.

The collection will be ready to view and purchase in March 2017.


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.


Sunday, 18th September, 2016

H&M Modern Essentials Selected By David Beckham AW16

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The David Beckham – Kevin Heart bromance is back at H&M, as the two are reunited for the H&M Modern Essentials Selected By David Beckham for Autumn/Winter 16. The campaign continues where the last one left off, with the video being set on a road trip with Becks and Hart on the road to Las Vegas for the I, Beckham musical.

As for the collection, it’s a really nice collection of autumnal pieces, including knits, jeans, sweatshirts and jackets, with pieces starting at a reasonable £12.99 with the most expensive jackets coming in at £49.99 and a coat at £79.99. As you’d expect, the colour palette is perfect for the cooler weather, with a use of black, grey and darker shades of blues, reds and green.

My favourite pieces from the collection include a blazer at £39.99, a fine stripe sweatshirt in navy at £14.99 and a jacket with faux fur detailing at £49.99

The collection is available in store and online from Monday 26th September, you can view the whole collection and find your own favourite pieces below.

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Tuesday, 6th September, 2016

H&M Studio AW16 Preview

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H&M have announced their Studio collection for the Autumn/Winter 2016 season. The collection comprises of all the pieces you’d expect to find in an AW collection, and includes knitwear, coats, tees and trousers to kick-start your Autumn fashion wardrobe. The pieces come in key colours for Autumn, and there’s a colour palate of dark neutral hues of greens, browns, greys and blues. The price-points are at the higher end of the H&M scale, being the Studio line, with wool coats running at £120-£150, and a really nice cardigan for £50.

The collection goes on sale both online at H&M and in-store on Thursday 8th September from 9AM.

Check out the rest of the collection below

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Wednesday, 27th July, 2016

H&M x Kenzo 2016 – First Sneak Peek

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I am no stranger to an H&M collab, the first one which I blogged about was the H&M Versace collaboration where I managed to get a few pieces, and since then there’s been designer collaborations from Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Balmain.

The H&M x Kenzo collaboration was announced a few weeks back, and now H&M have teased us with a couple of pictures which includes some of the pieces from the collection. The designs have all the trademarks of Kenzo, with an all over print style, these pieces in a tiger print theme with red and blue.

The whole collection will be available from 3rd November online and in-store, and if the past collaborations are anything to go by, it will sell out very quickly.

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Friday, 12th February, 2016

Modern Essentials By David Beckham For H&M – Spring 2016

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H&M have unveiled their latest collaboration with David Beckham, the Modern Essentials Collection for Spring 2016. The new Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham collection will be available in two drops – February 18 and March 10, with prices starting at £7.99

The collection features 27 pieces including blazers, jackets, shirts, tees, polo tops, trousers, jeans, knits and sweatshirts, I have selected my edit which has my favourite essential fashion picks from the collection. I really like a lot of the clothing from this collection, there are some key items here which you should have in your wardrobe, so if you haven’t already, you should consider getting one of these.

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White denim jacket, navy blazer, sand blazer.

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plain navy tee, blue shirt, nautical stripe tee.

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knit with stripe pattern, black sweatshirt, stone jumper.

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White jeans, black jeans, smart blue trousers, brown chinos.