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Having a day at the races is not just about putting a few bets on the horses anymore, well, has it ever been? There’s always been a lot of emphasis on what the girls are wearing, and who’ll have the best or most outlandish hat, but men’s style is just as important, so what you wear at the races should be something on par with your female counterpart. Let the ladies bring the glamour, and the gents bring the style.
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.
As you’ll have read in my Spring Suede Jackets guide, I love a good soft leather jacket. They’re not only perfect for Spring, but they’re a great style of jacket to wear in the Autumn too. As you’ll know, suede is a type of leather which has a napped finish, with lamb and goat most commonly used, with calf and even deer also being used. The jackets are usually pretty tough and thick, which means wearing one of these in the Autumn is a really good go to piece, with a lot of styles and colours now available. The enemy of suede is rain and water, although you can get suede protectors which will do a good job if you get caught out in the rain.
As with every piece of clothing, there’s plenty of choice at all different price-points. Typically with leather jackets, a genuine suede jacket will start at around £100, and from there goes upwards to whatever your wallet can afford! Grab a high street label such as Mango or Topman for under £150, premium high street brands such as Reiss or Ted Baker will come in at £200 – £400, and luxury and designer brands like Burberry and Tom Ford will run into the thousands.
A suede jacket can be looked at as a good investment, and should last you plenty of Autumn and mild Winters to come, providing you look after it well enough. They’re timeless, so you don’t have to worry about them going out of style, one to your wardrobe or expanding it with a different colour or style is something to consider.
Here’s over 30 of the best suede jackets for this season, from the high street and luxury brands, there’s something for everyone’s budget.
Are you ready for the cold weather? If you haven’t already got your Winter wardrobe sorted out, you should have by now! If you’re in need of some additions, here’s this week’s Fashion Friday which will give you some fashion tips on what’s brand new in the world of men’s fashion lately.
Brand new for AW15 at H&M is this jumper in a mohair blend, with a zig-zag jacquard pattern. It comes in dark blue and brown colour, which is great for this season. At only £30, it’s got to be worth considering if you’re looking to add to your jumper collection.
The cold nights are here, and I saw these sweats from H&M and they look so warm! I have never had a velour top or bottoms before, and some may even cringe at them, but they are so soft and comfortable, and just the thing to wear while sitting back and watching a good film in the winter. You can buy these separately, but for the pair they come in at £45.
I love the colour of this cardigan from ASOS, it really is the colour for Autumn. The quality is good, it’s 100% merino wool, so for £32 this is a good deal. It’s a sandy brow colour, and is a great item for layering.
Get into leather with the Mango leather jacket. The brown colour is something different to the usual black, and will work with a number of looks, and keep you looking cool but staying warm this season. At £169 it’s a good price if you’re starting out in leather.
The party season is upon us, so having a really good white shirt is something you should have, and you probably already have. If you’re looking for a new one, and fancy spending a bit, this white option from Ted Baker looks really good. I have a few Ted Baker shirts and I love the feel and fit of them, with the patterned interior cuffs and collar adding some distinctive detailing.
Roll necks are back, so if you want to get in on the fashion without spending a lot Topman has you sorted with a stone marl roll neck. It’s a good colour for layering, and at £25 it’s a bargain.
Up your knitwear game with a more premium brand of cardigan, this one from Hugo Boss. Made from virgin wool it’s a slim fit for a modern look. It’s a great price at £139, and is available in staple colours black, grey and blue, as well as a more fashion forward dark green.
Finally are a pair of jeans from Nudie Jeans. I love the Grim Tim fit, and a black pair of jeans are a must have in any man’s wardrobe, especially in this weather. They’re a soft denim with a slight worn in look, come with a button fly and a bit of stretch. For £115, you should consider these if you’re looking at getting some premium denim for a not so premium price.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at my Fashion Friday this week, as ever you can check out all my men’s fashion advice for the best menswear. You can see what I picked out last time round here, and as always you can send me your tips on Twitter @Michael84Blog
Happy Fashion Friday to you all 🙂 The weekend is upon us, so if you’re looking for some men’s fashion advice for what to buy this weekend, or pieces to invest in going forward, you should check out this week’s fashion edit.
Calvin Klein Shirt – £70
Nike Air Max 95 Exclusive At JD Sports – £115
ASOS Bomber Jacket 2 Pack – £34
Ted Baker Swanley Socks – 3 Pack – £22
Zara Suede Jacket – £99
Hugo Boss Colasso Coat – £380
Superdry Jacket – £75
Ralph Lauren Trainers – £95
First up is this dark chambray shirt from Calvin Klein. I just love the colour and the washed out look of it. It’s a slim fit, and this combined with the dark colour will keep you looking sleek.
Next is this pair of trainers which are Nike Air Max 95. I really love Air Max 95, they are old school and super comfortable, you can really feel the difference when you’re walking on a cushion of air which covers the key points of the foot. This colourway is really nice, a combinations of different blues creating a striping effect on the backdrop of the white trainers. These are exclusive to JD Sports, with all the legendary elements which has made the Air Max 95 an all time classic from Nike.
What’s better than having one light bomber in your wardrobe? Having two! You’ve probably seen 2 packs of T-Shirts, and 2 packs of other clothing, but a 2-pack in jackets? It’s not something you see every day. ASOS are doing a 2-pack of a bomber jacket which is constructed in light sweatshirt material which is super soft to touch. They come in a grey and black colour, suitable for wearing in mild temperatures with a tee, or wear with a bigger coat when the temperatures dip a bit lower.
Ted Baker do some really nice socks, and this 3-pack of socks is one of them. You don’t have to buy them as a gift for someone else, get them for yourself. They’re made from organic cotton, and at £22 for a 3 pack, they are a good deal.
The Autumn/Winter season is the prime time for a suede jacket, and Zara have a few which are on trend right now. I’ve picked out this one in navy blue. Bomber length with collar detail, zips on the sleeves and a zip-up opening, you should consider this if you’re looking to get into suede jackets this season.
This week has reminded me that Winter is coming, and so you may be on the look out for a winter coat. This is called the Colasso from Hugo Boss, and it looks like it will stand up to the cold very well. With a zip through opening and chunky buttons to the front, the design is smart and minimal, which means you’ll always be looking smart while staying warm too. It’s £380, but it will always be stylish for many winters to come.
If you’re looking for a jacket which will keep you dry and is lighter and more competitively priced, the Arctic Windcheater from Superdry is a worthy contender. For only £75 you get a whole lot of jacket, it’s waterproof and is fleece lined, with a selection of really colourful interiors to suit your personal style.
Last up are some smart trainers which I would say look more like casual shoes, the Odle from Ralph Lauren. They come in either black or dark tan, which is the colour I have selected here. The uppers are made from Nubuck leather, with a rubber sole and leather lining.
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:
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🙂
It’s time for another Friday Fashion Edit, which features more fashion advice and my favourite picks from brands and shops around the globe. This week I have gone all Autumn style, with an abundance of jackets and knits designs to keep you warm in the cold weather that’s right around the corner. This is what I have for this week’s edition.
Jack Wills Donalson Cashmere Knit – £129
Reiss 1971 Vice Jacket – £265
Benetton Long Sleeve T-Shirt – £30
Jockey Printed Y-Front Trunks – £18
Armani Watch £104
Hugo Boss Quilted Jacket – £230
Benetton V-Neck Knit – £19
Tommy Hilfiger Knit – £85
First up is a knit from Uni students favourite brand, Jack Wills. Whether you’re at Uni or not, this 100% cashmere knit is soft to touch and will not look out of place anywhere. I love the colour, just because the dark nights are coming doesn’t mean you have to dress for the dark, and add some light and colour to your look with this top.
Part of the 1971 collection is this jacket from Reiss. It’s not a full blown winter coat, but it comes complete with a shearling collar for added warmth, with a mottled pattern throughout it adds texture to your look.
The Benetton long sleeve tee is perfect for layering, and comes in a red colour which you may not already have in your wardrobe.
One of the best bargains I have seen for a long time is this Emporio Armani watch. I love the minimal look when it comes to watches, Analogue is a must, and I do love a leather strap. This comes with all of the above, it’s a fashion label watch at an amazing price of £104 at ASOS. If I didn’t already have so many watches I would buy this. Get it while you can at this price.
Jockey have been making underwear since 1934 and having a few pair myself I know they’re really nice to wear. They have come up with a limited edition pair which are emblazoned with adverts dating back to 1876. I think these look really cool and quite literally make a statement. Coming in at £18 they’re affordable, and they will be a unique pair of underwear in your drawer.
If you’re thinking about a winter coat then this brand new BOSS Orange quilted jacket has to be considered. It’s available in navy and black, I’ve selected it in the navy. It’s waterproof and looks like it will stand the test of time throughout this Autumn/Winter and many more.
If you’ve not got many knits or sweats you’re in luck, I have added this Benetton one to the fashion tips too. It’s available in a few colour, including grey which will work well for layering with a shirt. It’s available right now for only £19 down from £27.
Last up and it’s another knit, this time from Tommy Hilfiger. It’s a cashmere blend which means it’s not 100% cashmere, in fact only 8%. Usually I would not recommend such a mix unless it was at an unbelievable price, however this is mixed with Pima cotton, which is a super soft cotton. This combination will result in an ultra soft knit, which you’ll be able to wear casually with a tee or dress it up for a smart casual look with a shirt.
That’s your lot for this week’s Fashion Friday. Remember you can always look back and check last week’s edition, and As always, you can send your tips to me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog 😉
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.
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.
Hugo Boss have added another scent to it’s BOSS Bottled line up, BOSS Bottled Oud which is brand new for 2015. As with tradition within the range, the bottle is the same design as the others, a cylindrical shape with the BOSS wording elegantly etched into the glass, with the branding Hugo Boss Bottled Oud. The glass is a dark translucent black, with the top being gold along with the wording of the brand to the front.
As the name suggests it’s an oud, and is a very masculine scent, with warm woody notes. It uses 100% natural oud, which is coveted among the fragrance connoisseurs who prefer natural over a synthetic smell. It’s manly without being too overpowering, and you get a sense of the luxury and sophistication which this fragrance is representing. I think this would be best worn on an evening, in both a casual or formal setting. It will be appreciated by the slightly older guys, as this is elegant, perfect for a gentleman.
Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter Scent type – Oud, Woody, Warm Spicy Age Recommendation – 23+ Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal
Spring is here although on some days you wouldn’t know it. It’s time to get your scent right, and you may want to change up your darker woody scent with something a little more fresh, light and fitting for the spring season.
I always like to split up fragrances into the seasons, and then splitting them up again into day and night scents. What style should you be looking for to complete your spring look? I would recommend fragrances which are fresh, citrus or floral, and those which are less woody and musky. There are plenty out there, and these are a few of my top fragrances for Spring 2015.
Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani
Let’s start off with a good all rounder. Acqua Di Gio is a classic, and even though this is in a Spring guide, it can fit into any occasion. It’s a favourite of many, and for good reason. It’s fresh and slightly citrus like scent keeps it’s masculinity, perfect for any occasion.
Another all rounder and timeless classic is Boss Bottled. I got the collectors edition at the back end of last year and when this runs out I can guarantee you I’ll be getting another bottle. It has some woody notes but these are quite light, with a slightly spicy notes creeping through it will get you noticed.
Issey Miyake Pour Homme
It’s another older scent, but they do say the old ones are the best. Why mess around with something tried and tested when you can get this, Issey Miyake Pour Homme. It’s a light citrus and spicy style, but the notes are elegant and sophisticated. It comes highly recommended, especially for the older gent who wants that bit of elegance in his scent.
If you want something a little stronger, more expensive and keep up the elegance, Creed Aventus is something worth considering. It’s said be to loved by men and adored by women, it’s a powerful fragrance and only a few sprays are needed to keep you going throughout your day or night.
Lacoste L12.12 White
The Lacoste L12.12 editions have had a fair few different scents and styles, one of the most loved is the L12.12 white. It works well in the Spring, and is very floral with hints of citrus, it’s a real clean-cut type of fragrance.
My little secret! Gucci Envy for men was my all time favourite scent, it got discontinued, and after months of researching I found out about Floris Santal, and it’s every bit as amazing (without the sentimental value I’ve got from Gucci Envy). It’s a floral and fresh, a really inviting smell and I don’t think I could write any fragrance guide without mentioning this.
This one may come as a surprise to many, and it won’t be on many people’s lists, but I really like Boss Element by Hugo Boss. It’s a fresh, clean watery style of fragrance, non-offensive and light. If you’re looking for something a little more subtle and different, this is worth a shout.
A fresh, soft spicy style of a scent with hints of citrus, that’s Yves Saint Laurent Libre. It’s a really nice smell, and perfect for the Spring.
Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue
Light fruit and fresh is the best way to describe Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue. It does have hints of musk to keep your masculinity alive, and is a pleasant smell which is not over-powering at all.
Selection By Hugo Boss
It’s an elegant, green/citrus type of fragrance, and if you could describe it in one word it could be gentleman. Hugo Boss Selection is a light with a little bit of a citrus kick, completely non-offensive and will be enjoyed by those around you.
If you’re looking for the best men’s fragrance for Spring 2015 then these will give you something to consider. If you’re looking at getting more than one, I would suggest one leaning towards a citrus type, and another which is fresh or floral to give you the most versatile fragrance wardrobe for Spring 2015.
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