Going to University can be expensive, but fortunately your style does not have to be. You can get some really great basic and staple pieces ready to wear at university, even if you’re on a budget. Here I’ll go through some basic fashion essentials which you should be buying and wearing at uni or college.
University/College Student Budget Preparing – Only Buy What You Need
It’s really easy to go shopping for clothing and getting home having spent hundreds on pretty much the same style of types of items. You don’t need 5 pairs of the same jeans in the same wash, especially when you’re on a budget. You need to create a streamline wardrobe, a capsule wardrobe, with a variety of key pieces, rather than a lot of the same fashion.
It’s that time of the week again! If you’ve been waiting for some men’s fashion advice ready for a weekend of shopping or just casual browsing, I have a few really nice picks for you. It’s been Autumn for a while, or it’s at least felt like it, but it was officially the Autumn Equinox on Wednesday, so we’re officially into Autumn. Here’s what I have been loving this week.
Farah Shirt – £55
Edwin Classic Sweatshirt £65
Jack Wills Hooded Sweat – £60
TOMS Chukka Boots – £79.99
Cheap Monday Black Jeans – £55
Reiss Suede Jacket – £375
H&M Quilted Suede Jacket – £150
ASOS Gingham Shirt – £20
First up I am going to start with this shirt from Farah. I really like blue for this season, navy or something a little lighter but not too light, it’s a great colour to layer and although it’s a fairly dark colour it will brighten up a black or dark grey jacket. This model is the Brewer slim fit shirt, and comes with contrasting white buttons which I love. A reasonable £55, button down collar and minimal branding.
I have always been fond of Japanese fashion and labels, they are always high quality and sought after. Edwin is a high end label which is highly thought of in the denim world, and have branched out into other areas of clothing, and they’re doing it well. This Edwin classic crew neck sweatshirt is available from The Idle Man, and could be a key piece in your wardrobe, styling it up with a patterned shirt underneath to create a smart-casual look, or keep it relaxed with a plain tee under.
Taken from my Budget Student Fashion For Men Guide I have borrowed this hooded top which comes from Jack Wills. It’s a full-zip up so can double up as a very light jacket on warmer days, just make sure you’re wearing a really nice tee under it.
I came across these Chukka boots from TOMS and really like them. They’re not formal at all, but they are very smart, and a nice break from usual casual kicks from Nike, Adidas, Converse or Vans. They’re black herringbone and look super stylish.
I think black jeans for the winter are really stylish and give your look a minimal feel with a plain black rinse. These Sonic Rinse Black from Cheap Mondaylook the part, I like the fit which is fashionable slim without being a skinny fit.
A suede jacket is a very desirable fashion item to have for the Autumn season, and this is one of the best I have seen. If you have a big budget of almost £400 it’s a complete no brainer, this Reiss Salamanda suede jacket in stone colour is a must have buy. It will last a good few years as long as you take care of it, and I can’t see this style or neutral colour going out of fashion any time soon.
Another suede jacket is this one from H&M. It’s a diamond quilted jacket, from their premium range. Bomber length and fully lined, it’s a bargain at only £150 and will add Autumnal style to your wardrobe.
And to end this weeks Fashion Friday we come back down to high street pricing with a £20 shirt from ASOS. The blue and white gingham pattern is stylish, and you’ll be able to wear this with a cardigan or knit and show just a little bit of that pattern to create a really smart look with a bit of edge.
I hope you have enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday. As usual you can send me tips on Twitter here, and be sure to check out last week’s Fashion Friday if you missed it too 🙂
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 😉
Sweatpants have been thought of for a long time as a bit scruffy, super casual and even related to chav culture, but all of that changed a couple of years ago. We saw a resurgence in sport luxe fashion, with higher end menswear brands showcasing their take on the trends, with casual tops and bottoms including more fashionable, 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.
Sweat Shorts – The Fit
The fit is always important, and with this type of shorts you’re only likely to find 2 leg lengths; regular and long. Shorter lengths are usually reserved for chino, denim or more commonly swim shorts. A good rule of thumb is that the length should never go past the knee, anything else and they are getting a bit too long. Since these are sweat shorts they will almost certainly come with an elasticated waistband, so you can cheat a little on the waist size if you’re an odd shape and need to compensate for leg length.
The most versatile style of shorts?
I love chino shorts, they are super smart and when you want to wear something cooler in the summer or on holiday but want to keep it looking stylish, chino shorts are the way to go. However they’re never going to have the comfort of the relaxed fitting sweat short. That makes sweat shorts really versatile; Wearing them out and about in the city in the middle of the summer, relaxing by the pool or at the beach, and chilling out at home on a summer’s evening.
How to style sweat shorts
Sweat shorts will always be seen as a casual piece of clothing. That doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. There’s a lot of different styles out there, from plain to patterned in a vast array of colours which you can dress up with different items of clothing. Wear them with a plain white tee for a classic look, or go for a smart casual look with a pain tee with a buttoned down shirt. Make sure you co-ordinate the colours so they go well together, wearing contrasting bottoms and top can look great.
Sweat shorts are never going to be a formal statement of a refined gentlemen, but they aren’t supposed to be. They are, however, a great piece of clothing to have in your armoury for the summer, when you want to kick back and relax or have a more casual look. If you’re going casual, then do it right 😉
We’re well into the New Year now, the NYE’s hangovers have cleared, and we’re back to work. There’s lots of sales still on at the moment, but most retailers are also getting in their new stock ready for the new season. Here’s what I have been looking at on ASOS this week.
Bellfield Jumper – Regular fit and made from a soft wool blend, if you’ve read my blog in the last 18 months or so you’ll know I love dip dye, and long may it continue. £38
Nudie Jeans – Nudie could be the kings of premium denim, and I love this pair of slim fit, “Thin Finn” dry jeans. Premium organic selvedge and 13.25oz denim all for £155.
Anerkjendt Sweatshirt – Cotton sweatshirt material with stylish ANKJ applique – £55
American Apparel Jacket – I really like the colour and style of this jacket, it’s something which I don’t have in my wardrobe. £54
Diesel T Shirt – Diesel logo t shirt in red. Not to be missed if you’re t-shirt game is a bit weak at the moment, grab this for only £30
ASOS Bomber – Galaxy prints were all over in 2013, and if you’re a fan, get this style in a bomber jacket – £34
Jack Wills Tee – The poly-cotton blend makes this t-shirt really soft to touch, Jack Wills are going down the “Fabulously British” route and trying to not only be the “University Outfitters” they once were. £29.50
As you know I was at the launch of the Jack Wills Newcastle store yesterday, and I had a shop around and decided on this t-shirt. I love the colour, it is a more burgundy heather style of red which is something I don’t have in my wardrobe, and I think it’s a good colour for autumn. They also had a really nice purple tee, but in the end I decided on this one.
This season Jack Wills are going for more designs on their tees, they still have plenty of the famous JW initials printed, but are now also doing more variations on design on their tees.
It comes in their stylish bags, and I also got a tote bag with some goodies inside, including Jack Wills sweets in their colours! 😀
Today was the opening of Jack Willsin Newcastle, right at the Monument. I was invited down to the launch to sample the great atmosphere and check out the new space, as well as the fabulous collections which they had on offer. The store was packed, and there were a lot of great pieces in store, as well as offers such as 25% off classic gilets. No fashion store opening is complete without cocktails and a DJ, and this was no different. It was too early for me to begin drinking (even if it is a Friday!) but the DJ was pretty good.
All the staff are so happy and friendly. You have to check out the store this weekend, with cocktails, music and shopping, it’s something you need to experience for yourself!
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