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Nudie Jeans

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Nudie Jeans create high end jeans and are a high end high street urban lifestyle label. Denim is the focus, with selvedge and raw denim used from Turkey, Italy and Japan. Fits include Thin Finn, Grim Tim, Slim Jim, Straight Alf and Steady Eddie. Other apparel such as jackets and t-shirts are also amongst their collections. Check out some of my buyers guides, fashion tips and trends which feature Nudie Jeans.

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Monday, 12th June, 2017

Men’s Denim Jacket Style Guide & Tips

Men's Denim Jacket Guide For Summer

My Denim Jackets: All Saints In Grey | !Solid In Rust | Cheap Monday In Black

One trend I really love for Summer, and for Spring and even Autumn for that matter is the denim jacket. When thinking about denim jackets, it’s definitely more of a warm weather item of clothing, which means it’s time to put away the overcoats and Winter Coats, and pair up some of your warm weather wardrobe with this jacket style when it gets a bit chilly, or when you just want to style up an outfit.

It can be a bit of a trend for some, especially something like double denim which is a look which has a love/hate tag to it, but there’s a few things you can do to avoid this kind of look, or embrace it if that’s your thing. I’m going to talk about everything to do with jean jackets, from how to style them to what to wear with them, including footwear and other clothing.

Are you ready? Let’s Go!

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Friday, 20th November, 2015

Fashion Friday No.11 This Week’s Style Tips

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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.

H&M Knit – £30

H&M Velour Sweats – £45

ASOS Cardigan – £32

Mango Leather Jacket – £169

Ted Baker Shirt – £89

Topman Roll Neck – £25

Hugo Boss Cardigan – £129

Nudie Jeans Black Out – £115

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


Friday, 30th October, 2015

Men’s Style Advice – Fashion Friday No.9

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Did you miss it last week? Well it’s back! Fashion Friday no.9 is here 🙂 I have been running so many features on the blog lately I thought I would give this one a bit of a break, and it’s always been thought of as a weekly/bi-weekly feature, so I can focus on the best men’s clothing to give the best fashion tips out there.

Nudie Jeans Adrian Parka – £460 – here

New Look Knitted Jumper – £19.99 – here

Happy socks – £8 – here

Cheap Monday Dictionary T-Shirt – £25 – here

Armani 2-Pack T-Shirts – £26 – here

Burton Bomber Jacket – £14 – here

Superdry Leather Jacket – £200 – here

Selected Homme Merino Knit – £55 – here

First up is this amazingly warm Adrian parka from Nudie Jeans. We’ve had miserable weather in the last few days, fog and rain, and it’s a reminder that colder times are here and winter is right around the corner. The parka fits the bill with a detachable faux fur hood, water repellent outer and padded, quilted inner which will keep you toasty.

The knit from New Look is a contrasting white and black style jumper made from a acrylic-mix and is only £20. A great buy if you’re looking to up your knitwear game for the months ahead and are on a budget looking for something more colourful than a plain jumper.

I still love socks, and Happy Socks have been doing some pretty good designs. one of their latest is their black and white paisley design which I think looks really good, and will add something to any outfit.

Layering is definitely an option when it comes to men’s fashion in Autumn or Winter, and there’s plenty of ways to do it with these next few items. The Cheap Monday T-Shirt is a cool printed white top with a dictionary print. It shows the definition of the words Over My Dead Body, which is över min döda kropp in Swedish, the phrase Cheap Monday uses. House Of Fraser have a 2-pack of Armani tees for only £26. I love these fitted style of tees to use as an under shirt which can be essential to wear under a knit if you don’t want to wear a shirt. The finish off the layering there’s a good deal on this Burton bomber, for only £14 you get this zip-up, which you can layer with a shirt and jacket.

Speaking of jackets, leather is always a good choice when you want to look cool without being cold. Superdry have recently came up with this jacket, the Real Hero Biker jacket. If you want to look casual and have an edge while still looking smart, this is the way to go.

Last up is this knit from Selected Homme. It’s a V-neck knit in 100% fine merino wool in light grey, which is a really good colour which will work with almost everything. At only £55 it’s a good price for 100% merino wool from a good brand.

That is the end of this week’s Fashion Friday. As always you can send me tips on Twitter, I am @Michael84Blog, and you can read last week’s Fashion Friday No.8 here.


Wednesday, 7th October, 2015

All Black And White Men’s Styling With Nudie Jeans, Prada & Air Max

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I have been writing this blog for years now, and I rarely shoot photos on locations, which I should really start doing a lot more. I live in Newcastle, it’s an amazing city, it has so many great buildings and cityscapes, there’s plenty of cool backdrops for creating some amazing images, not to mention it’s close by to a couple of beaches too!

I have created this all black and white mono style, which I really love. I love simplicity and minimal, and you can’t get more minimal than the bare essentials of black and white in colour, with a good pair of jeans, plain white tee and leather jacket.

The jeans are premium Selvedge from Nudie Jeans, which I absolutely love. You can feel the quality and the difference as soon as you put a good pair of Nudie Jeans on. These are the Grim Tim fit which is a slim fitting denim which I prefer for a smarter option while keeping the overall look a touch casual. I love dark denim, I think it keeps your outfit looking premium, and black denim is no different. They come with the trademark Selvedge detailing throughout, including at the pockets.

Along with the black jeans I went for my black Selected Homme leather jacket. It’s a black biker style jacket, and light enough to wear in the fair weather we’re having without leaving you hot and bothered, but it will also keep you warm as long as it’s not too cold.

Adding white to the look comes in the form of my white Prada T-Shirt. This is a premium tee, and you can feel it as soon as you put it on. It may look like any old plain white T-shirt, but I think it’s important to feel good with what you’re wearing, and this top does exactly that. To everyone looking it’s a basic T-Shirt, but if you’re wearing it you can feel how premium it is. Understated style is always a winner.

One of my favourite pair of trainers are these black and white Air Max 1 Ultra Moire. As you can tell by how fresh they look I don’t wear these everyday, but they’re perfect for this look.

I am down the Quayside in Newcastle. You can see 2 of our many bridges; The most famous, The Tyne Bridge, and the newest, The Millennium Bridge. Remember to check out more of my street style looks for more men’s fashion inspiration and ideas.

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Thursday, 1st October, 2015

Nudie Jeans Selvedge Denim For Autumn 2015

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Nudie Jeans have released their Autumn 2015 collection which includes premium selvedge denim at it’s heart. There’s several key pieces including pairs of jeans, shirts, outerwear all made from organic cotton. Your favourite fits are back for this season, including Steady Eddy, Straight Alf, Grim Tim and Thin Finn available, so whichever fit is your style you’ll be able to get it in in the latest Autumn collection.

The Grim Tim fit is available in a classic dry selvedge, black selvedge and pure indigo tones, and are a really nice slim fit, perfect for both a casual and a smart-casual vibe. A classic pair of Thin Finn denim with orange stitching made from dry denim is also in the range, which has a tighter fit. If you prefer your jeans with a slightly more relaxed fit, the Steady Eddy and Straight Alf are the fits to go for.

Selvedge does not stop at jeans, with shirting and a jacket adding to the collection. The Billy dry selvedge denim jacket has all over orange detailing, and is finished off with quality silver buttons.

The blue Stanley shirt is a button down chambray in mid-blue indigo made from Japanese selvedge. It’s a regular fit, and is completed with a chest pocket and selvedge detailing. The Jonis shirt is a dark dry denim shirt with copper buttons and navy stitching in a more narrow fit, with two symmetrical chest pockets.

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Wednesday, 16th September, 2015

Nudie Jeans Presents Lenny For Autumn 2015

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Nudie Jeans have announced a brand new family member to their line-up, Lenny. The jackets come in two organic denim options, a traditional blue along with dry ring denim. The best thing about the jackets is the inside; both are lined with pile to keep you toasty in the cooler Autumn nights, which looks so warm!

The lighter blue is called the Tangerine blue denim and is made from Turkish denim in slim fit, with all over orange threads and copper trims, it’s complimented with silver antique press studs. This comes in at £230. The darker jacket is Dry Ring Denim, a dry, 13.4oz denim with the same orange threads and all over copper trims, it’s also a slim fit style. This one comes in at £185. As with all Nudie Jeans dry denim, it’s recommended that you wash after 6 months of wearing to give the optimal break in results.

Both are available now at Nudie here.

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Friday, 14th August, 2015

Fashion Friday – Michael 84 Style Edit – Number 1

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A new feature on Michael 84 is Fashion Friday Favourites, or as I may call it, the Michael 84 Friday Fashion Edit. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and is my favourite pieces of fashion from my favourite places on and offline. There’s so much in men’s fashion at the moment and it’s going from strength to strength, but sometimes we just don’t have the time to have a good look around at places to get that key piece we’re looking for. Here I will showcase some clothing or fashion products which I am really liking at the moment. It will mostly be new fashion, so if you’re ever in doubt of what’s hot at the moment, you’ll find out right here every Friday 🙂

This week I am kicking it off with these pieces.

H&M Wool Jacket – I really love this H&M blazer, it’s a dark navy blue colour and is marled so has a bit of texture to the colour. It’s from their premium range and is made from 100% wool, so is worth the money. It’s £80

H&M Fine Knit Jumper – I just love the nautical theme at the moment, it’s on trend and something I really love. This fine knit jumper is only £15 and is the classic navy with fine white stripes. Get it

ASOS Stripe T Shirt – Continuing the nautical theme I have selected this t-shirt, this time with the colours reversed. White is the base and it has navy stripes and a ringer collar.

Converse Chuck II – The trainers of the moment are the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II. A reworking of the original I have picked out the all white colour for the summer.

H&M Cotton Shirt – Summer is still here and I love a check shirt, wear it with the sleeves rolled-up and open with a tee for a summer look. You can pick this up from H&M for only £15

Nudie Jeans Selvedge – Premium denim which will last a long time, buying a pair of Nudie Jeans is an investment. I really like black denim ready for autumn, or brighten up the look with some light top/jacket combination. These are the coveted Selvedge denim so you can create a premium laid back look, and all for a reasonable £155. They’re slim fit.

ASOS Grey Blazer – To keep an outfit light for the summer a light coloured jacket will do this while also keeping you smart, and I really like this grey one from ASOS. At £65 it’s a fair price, it comes in a woll mix and tweed texture to give it a bit of dimension.

ASOS White Ripped Skinny Jeans – My favourite for the summer and a trend which has taken off quite a bit this year is white denim or bottoms. It’s been given a bit of an edge, with the ripped jeans trend really taking over. You can get some ripped, slim fitting jeans from ASOS for only £35, a good price for something you’re going to wear a handful of times over the summer.

That’s your lot for this week’s Friday fashion tips. Let me know if you’ve seen anything else which deserves a mention 🙂 As usual, you’ll find all my men’s fashion advice right here, if you’re looking for some style I recommend checking it out 🙂


Saturday, 11th July, 2015

Friday 10th July 2015 – Enjoying The Sun

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Happy Friday!

Today the weather has been great once again, and I decided to take advantage of it and take a couple pics of some of my new clothing. I usually take pictures either outside my house or inside which is really convenient, but it’s not the most picaresque, and quite repetitive for you all to see; I’ll try for better/more locations 😉 This is my Mango jacket which I love, and featured before. It’s a summer linen jacket, and is super thin and really light, so is perfect for the summer heat; You get the benefits of the style and don’t feel uncomfortably hot when wearing it (of course when it gets too hot it’s too hot, it’s too hot for anything! 😛 ). I also wore a brand new Jaeger shirt, in fact it’s so new I have not even had a chance to feature it on the blog yet! I should be featuring it next week 😉 My trainers are grey Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, sunglasses obviously Ray Ban, and Jeans are from Nudie Jeans.

I also went out on a run…I have started going out for jogs or runs on an evening; Usually I have to go out during the day otherwise it gets dark/cold, but when it’s summer we get so much light and it’s really warm…especially tonight, it was rather hot! The downside of running in the summer is the amount of little flies there are…Does anyone have tips to combat them flying at your face, in your mouth or nose?! 🙁 It’s horrible!

Have a great weekend 🙂

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Tuesday, 2nd June, 2015

Summer Fashion Tips – Ripped Jeans For Men

Men's Summer Fashion Tips - Ripped Jeans

Summer is here and one of the hottest fashion tips is ripped jeans. I really do like this trend, it really creates an edge to your outfit and can liven up your denim wardrobe by getting a pair or two of the ripped style.

There’s plenty of variety of ripped jeans, from distressed jeans with slight rips and cuts, to those with only the knee exposed, extreme rips and acid rips, tears and more. There’s not only a standard cut either, with skinny, slim, tapered and just about every other fit of denim available in a more rustic kind of look. Colour is important for the summer, and you can brighten up your look and keep it casual with a pair of white ripped up jeans.

DIY Ripped Jeans

If you have a few pairs of your favourite jeans or can’t find the exact look you want, then you can always customise your own jeans, with a DIY ripped jeans approach…Obviously they’ll never be the same again, so it’s probably best to do this on an older, or less expensive pair of denim you own. It’s as simple as using a pair of scissors, and add some distressing with sandpaper or wire wool.

However I think going down the road of having some already designed and manufactured with rips is the way to go, as there’s already a lot out there. I have found a few pair which I really like, my favourites are the ASOS skinny jeans with extreme rips in white, and are a bargain at only £21.

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HYPE Skinny jeans in black with ripped knees – £45

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with knee rips – £21

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with extreme rips – £35

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Religion Noize cut out jeans in black – £50

TOPMAN Black washed skinny jeans with rips – £45

TOPMAN Black blow out jeans with knee rips – £45

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River Island Distressed jeans in black – £32

Nudie Jeans Long Johns distressed jeans in light blue – £155

ZARA Ripped skinny jeans in washed out grey – £39.99


Saturday, 12th April, 2014

Men’s Fashion Picks – Spring/Summer: Week 15 Michael84 Edit

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These are my picks for my men’s fashion edit for this week, Week 15 for Spring/Summer 2014. I have found a couple of great buys, from t-shirts to genuine leather jackets and of course that all important pair of jeans.

  1. Buffalo Check Shirt from TOPMAN. Price: £28. I loved the Buffalo checks trend in Autumn/Winter last year, and it could continue into this season with a lot of pieces still around. Baseball style t-shirts have been popular for about 18 months, they seem a bit “done” to me, but I think there’s still one summer left for them before they become completely overdone.
  2. ASOS Leather Jacket. Price: £150 – I wrote about a very similar leather jacket from He By Mango, and I love it. So since I have discovered ASOS are doing this one I had to include it. They also do it in white, which looks pretty good, but might be hard to pull off for regular guys.
  3. ASOS Bomber Jacket. Price: £28 – Bomber jacket in a baseball style. It’s a casual jacket in sweatshirt material which I love, giving it that soft touch feel. It’s minimal and simplistic look gives this very casual look a slightly smart edge.
  4. STKHLM T Shirt from River Island. Price: £16. I love Stockholm, it’s a great city, and I like cityscape printed tees. Combine the two, and you have this. It’s super cheap, and you can never have enough tees for the summer.
  5. New Love Club Galaxy Print. Price:£30. Galaxy Printed tops are cool, but can be too in your face and loud. This is a more toned down shirt, and does not offend with lots of branding or huge logos.
  6. Nudie Jeans. Price: £155. These Are the Grim Tim slim fit jeans from Nudie Jeans. Organic dry denim, selvedge, these are premium quality jeans and for a really great price. Nudie are always high quality, and indigo is a classic and smart look.