Jack Jones

Monday, 24th October, 2016

Men’s Fashion Tips – Winter Coat & Jacket Buying Guide

Canada Goose Jackets For Winter

UPDATED FOR 2016

Brrr it’s getting cold in ‘ere! Winter is here, or coming, depending on where in the world you live and when you’re reading this post 😉 One way or another you’ll be experiencing the depths of winter sometime soon, so you’ll need a winter coat or jacket to get you through a few horrible months of the miserable British winter weather.

Buying a good winter coat is not only important for the first year you purchase it, but it can become a good investment piece, lasting a good few winters before you need to splash out and buy another. With that said, investing in a good jacket is not only worth it because you’ll be getting much better quality which will be noticeable when you wear it, as well as it lasting longer than a cheap and cheerful coat.

My winter coat and jacket collection has grown over the past few years, and I have quite a few of the bases covered with quite the selection, including my Pull and Bear Parka, Barbour Chelsea Quilted Jacket, Adrian Hammond padded jacket and of course the daddy of them all, my Canada Goose.

The Canada Goose Is Hands Down The Best – Buy One!

I would love to advise you to go out and spend near £600 on a Canada Goose jacket, but things are not that simple. In my opinion if you need a coat for a harsh winter there is simply no better than a Canada Goose. I got a Chilliwack Parka a few years ago, and it was a godsend for 2 bad winters we had. It does come with a few problems in the UK though. For example, last winter was so mild I never actually wore it! They are amazing for harsh weather, and if it’s freezing cold, if there’s wind chill, or if it’s snowing, then wearing one will keep you toasty. However if it’s a mild winter and not really sub-zero temperatures, you’ll literally be sweating in one; They are not really designed for mildly-cold winters. There’s the price too, at around £600 it is rather expensive.

So what are the other bits of fashion advice  when looking to buy a winter coat this year? Well there are a few options, and I will go into the different styles of jackets which are available at the moment.

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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.


Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

Mens Fashion Trends: Hawaiian Shirts For The Summer

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What are your thought on Hawaiian shirts? Just a gimmick, or are these loud shirts actually stylish? I have to say that I am starting to like them, they are another item to have in your wardrobe that you can pull out every now and then to give yourself some individuality in a world where a lot of guys are wearing the same things this summer. If you’re looking for a men’s fashion trend which may not be your usual style, the Hawaiian shirt could be something to consider to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

The usual outfit for your standard guy in the summer could be a boring pattern short sleeve shirt, along with a drab pair of mid-blue jeans. That’s the kind of style I have been seeing from some not so stylish guys this summer, as the sun comes out, their standard go-to short sleeve shirt comes out. But what if you want to add some proper flair and colour to your summer look? A Hawaiian shirt could be the answer. They are not so loud if you follow a couple of rules:

Short sleeves over long – Long sleeves with a full on Hawaiian print is just too much. Keep them sleeves short, and rolled up sleeves (or rolled-up effect) will keep it looking casual

Open up shirt, Plain tee under – To keep with an ultra casual look, and to tone down the tropical print, go for a plain tee and wear the shirt unbuttoned. The contrasting pattern with a plain tee tones it right down. White is always a good colour.

Homer Simpson said, “There’s only two kinds of guys who wear Hawaiian shirts: gay guys and big fat party animals”. Choose which you are, I choose party animal, you won’t DJ like Fatboy Slim, but you can look as crazy-cool as him! :mrgreen:

hawaiian shirts on a budget

Hawaiian Shirts On A Budget

You can get some groovy style shirts for cheap! If you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend a lot on something you may only wear a handful of times, George @ ASDA actually has a couple of shirts which are decent looking, and will not hurt your pocket. Starting at only a fiver, or my pick from this range is still dirt cheap at only £8! Find yours here.

Topman Hawaiian Shirts

Topman’s Hawaiian Shirt Offerings

Topman have a small selection of Hawaiian printed shirts, from a big range of prices, starting at around £28 you can have some great patterned shirts, as well as more expensive ones such as the middle offering, which is from Makahiki and runs at £55. Check out these shirts here. They also stock KarmaKula, a brand which has a huge number of Hawaiian shirts, far too many to showcase here, you can check them out here though.

Hawaiian Shirts At ASOS

Hawaiian Shirts At ASOS

ASOS have my favourite shirt, and in fact favourite look for a Hawaiian shirt. The first one, which is from Jack & Jones is a really cool design. It’s actually not too loud, and the colour combinations are really smart. Rolled-up sleeves keep it casual, as does wearing it open with a clean cut, plain white T-shirt, and some rolled up jeans and black trainers. This comes in at £30. The middle shirt is by Levis and is on sale at £22, with the last green/blue printed shirt is from Reclaimed Vintage and costs £40. Check out these here.

There’s not long of the summer left, so I hope I have convinced you to get one of these now, or think about this pretty much timeless style for next summer.


Monday, 27th May, 2013

Summer Print T-Shirts – Part I

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  1. Selected Homme Ride The Wild Surf – £17.95 [here]
  2. Cuckoos Nest Time Lord T-Shirt – £35 [here]
  3. Sinstar Sunset T-Shirt – £29.99 [here]
  4. New Look Life’s a Beach T-Shirt £7.99 £5 [here]
  5. Jack & Jones Printed Graphic T-Shirt £22 [here]

Here’s a selection of summer print inspired tees if you are looking to add some summer style prints to your wardrobe.


Wednesday, 13th April, 2011

Stripy T Shirts From Jack Jones

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I dont feature Jack Jones much on my blog, but the other day I was browsing around and found these two t-shirts which I think look really good.

Stripy t-shirts have a real summer vibe to them, and just like last year they are proving to be popular from brands and people alike.

These two look really good, with alternative width stripes, and in multi-colour which compliment each other really well, Jack Jones have made a really nicely designed horizontally striped shirt.

These come in at a reasonably cheap £17 each, which you can get from ASOS here and here