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Ted Baker

British born Ted Baker is a clothing label for men and women which has a large range of fashion including suits, watches, underwear as well as everyday clothing essentials such as tops and jeans.


Friday, 6th December, 2019

What To Wear To Your Office Christmas Party – A Men’s Style Guide With Outfit Ideas

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What To Wear To Your Office Christmas Party - Men's Style Guide

Party season is upon us, and there’s no doubt that you’ll be going to an office party or two over the festive period. Dressing the part and knowing what to wear can sometimes be a tricky issue, should you go super formal or super casual, or somewhere in-between?

Here’s some tips and advice along with some inspiration to get you going on deciding what to wear at your office party.

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Monday, 26th September, 2016

Suede Jackets For Autumn – This Season’s Trend

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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.

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Friday, 23rd September, 2016

Mission Impeccable By Ted Baker For AW16

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For the Autumn/Winter 16 collection, Ted Baker has brought Mission Impeccable, a story based on T.E.D special agents who are brought together to prevent “The Needle” from selling the fabrics he’s stolen and turned into his own twisted creations to the highest bidder. The story is brought to life in a film which has been directed by Crown & Owels with executive director Guy Ritchie, which is a shoppable experience on the Tedbaker.com website.

Ted Baker has asked me to come up with the ideal outfit for this season, with the pieces from the brand new AW 16 collection from the Mission Impeccable film, which comprises of over 130 pieces ranging from footwear and accessories to smart tailoring and seasonal knits.

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Friday, 16th October, 2015

Fashion Friday Edit: No.8

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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.

I hope you’ve had a great week, and you’ve enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday. As always you can send me tips on Twitter at @Michael84Blog, you can check out last week’s Fashion Friday here.


Friday, 13th March, 2015

T For Tall For SS15 By Ted Baker

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Taking inspiration from the mainline range, Ted Baker has unveiled it’s T for Tall collection for men, teaming up once again with swimming champ, Mark Foster. The collection features key pieces for this summer, from smart casual to tailored pieces, all cut specifically to fit the 6’3″ – 6’6″ man. We say time and again that one of the most important aspects of clothing and fashion is the fit, this season Ted Baker comes with key pieces including trademark floral prints, oversize checks and pattern knits, as well as more toned down contemporary styles.

Check out the funny video to present the T for Tall collection, called A Tall Tale which stars the dancing Olympian in a kidnapping which goes very wrong.

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Favourite Pieces From The Collection

Here are a couple of my favourite and key pieces from the capsule collection which is over 40-pieces strong, and contains footwear, knits, shirts, Tees and tailoring.

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With eight different options on footwear these are my favourites. A pair of brogues is a staple piece, which offer to effortlessly style up an outfit with their traditional styling. The derby shoes are sleek, and the low top suede trainers keep you looking smart with a sporty edge.

GURI7 Oxford Brogue Shoes – £140
Billay Formal Derby Shoes – £125
Bryan Suede Low Top Trainers – £90

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For the tailoring and a more formal look, I have picked out an all blue line-up of the wool jacket, textured trousers along side a light blue shirt. As with the rest of the collection, it has been designed for the taller figure, so you can buy with confidence.

Tomjac Wool Suit Jacket – £329
Lubtro Textured Trousers – £129
Passaic Classic Sateen Shirt £105

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For the upcoming summer and warmer weather, you may want to get yourself a Tee or two. The graphic print adds some floral to your summer wardrobe while maintaining a toned down look, there’s a reversible bomber jacket which will transform your style into something plain and toned down to a printed pattern, and a pair of swim shorts for holiday season.

Trybeka Floral Printed T-Shirt – £45
Rockfel Striped Swim Shorts – £65
Cenpark Reversible Printed Bomber Jacket – £129

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Spring is still in the air so to keep the crisp chills at bay you can get a stylish V-Neck knit, which comes in marl grey, navy blue or seen here in teal. A smart dark wash pair of jeans can be teamed with this contrasting printed striped T-Shirt, which comes complete with breast pocket.

Atlanta Merino V-Neck Knit – £95
Dayton Original Fit Jeans – £99
Garmdis Striped printed T-Shirt – £49

The T For Tall collection is available right now on Ted Baker here.

*In Partnership With Ted Baker

Monday, 21st July, 2014

New Additions To My Summer Wardrobe – Jeans, Tee & Shirt

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So last week I was blogging about some of the best sales out there, and I had to pick up some things for myself. There was so many good offers and amazing fashion items to buy, but I limited myself to a shirt, T-Shirt and a pair of jeans.

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I got this Desigual T-shirt which I love. It’s a great colour for the summer, and Desigual is a brand which I have liked for a long time, but never got round to getting anything from them. I was in one of their stores when I was in Barcelona last summer and you get an idea of how vibrant they are. The brand is fun, sexy and above all else colourful, which this design is too. A red/pink colour, with scribble print along with applique lettering spelling out the brand and a Y neck granddad style collar.

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This Ted Baker shirt is one which I love. It’s a long sleeve dark blue shirt with tonal pin stripes which sets off the colour of the shirt well, and has patterned collar and cuffs which really go well with the shirt. It’s a really cool shirt, very smart and only cost £40 down from £85.
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hugo boss green jeans

I love a good pair of denim, and these jeans from Hugo Boss Green are amazing. They are a good wash, great quality but the biggest draw was the price. They were £129, but in the sale, all the way down to £50. When I saw them I had to snap them up, quick! When I got them I was not surprised with the quality, I have a few pair of Hugo Boss and have had more over the years, and I really like the fit and feel of them.

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Thursday, 17th July, 2014

Best Of The Menswear Summer Sales – 10 Picks From House Of Fraser

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House of Fraser has an amazing sale on at the moment, possibly the best I have come across while searching for the best menswear bargains. Here are 10 of the best items I have found for this summer, a mix of absolute bargains and summer must have fashion.

You can never have too many T Shirts, and I have picked out a couple which I think are really nice. The Mango IBZ tee is perfect if you’re heading over to the white isle, or if you just love the place or the music scene. You can get this for only £12.99 hereArmani Jeans is one of my favourite brands, so getting a printed logo t-shirt is always on the list when searching for tees. Get this one for only £38.50 here.

If you want a smarter look and prefer shirts, I have picked out two. Both are long sleeves, so are versatile and can be worn with the sleeves down when it’s cool, or when it’s warmer you can roll up the sleeves and create more of an edgy look than a usual short sleeve shirt would give. The red checks shirt is from Armani Jeans and I really like the design, the colours go very well and will create a smart casual look. It’s also half price at only £62.50, you can buy it here. The Ted Baker shirt has to be one of the best shirt bargains out there, better than half price at £40, it’s really smart, but roll up the sleeves and undo a button and you create a more casual feel. The shirt is mainly dark blue, but has fine toned pin striping to give it a little depth. Get it here.

I still love denim jackets for this summer, I got a few last summer so I am not really in the market for one personally. However if you are then this dark Armani Jeans one is worth considering. Slightly shorter than bomber length it’s made for the summer. It comes with button fastening which are embellished with the Armani Jeans branding, but other than that it’s a very clean cut jacket, and has 4 pockets. It’s yours for only £120 and you can get it here. If you want something a little smarter then how about the Diesel denim blazer. I love this jacket, the design is really cool and you’ll stand out and look unique in a denim blazer. It’s the bargain of the sale, at only £75 reduced from £250, I saw it on another sale for £125 so you’re really getting a good deal on this jacket. Get it quick here.

If you are in need of jeans then there is a lot of good denim in the sale. I love PRPS and have a few pair, made in Japan I love the quality of them. You can now get the Barracuda jeans for only £107 here. They’re dark wash and come in a straight leg. Get a pair here. The biggest bargain I have found in denim are a pair of straight leg Hugo Boss Green jeans. A smart medium-dark wash with creases to add dimension, they are only £50. Get them here.

It’s probably too warm for knits right now, but when you’re feeling the chill on a summer night and want something more substantial than a t-shirt, this Gant lightweight knit could be perfect. There are lots of colours available, but I really love this raspberry colour. I have a few Gant knits which are similar but a heavier weight, and I love them. At only £45 you can’t go wrong. Grab it here.

If you are heading abroad to sunnier shores and plan on going to the beach or even relaxing by the pool, swim shorts will be required. Calvin Klein have some quick dry shorts in a range of colours which look pretty decent, for this feature I picked out the turquoise colour to keep in with the summer theme. You can get them for only £23.50, so treat yourself to a couple of pair, I recommend a light and a dark pair. Get some here.

That was the Michael 84 edit of the top picks from the House Of Fraser summer sale. To check out the rest of the menswear sale, click here. There are so many bargains and great offers on there, you’ll need to spend a bit of time as there are so many great pieces to browse! 😀


Tuesday, 15th July, 2014

Best Of The Summer Fashion Sales – July At Selfridges – Michael84: Edit

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Selfridges has some amazing offers on in their sale, but you have to be quick, because items go fast, and for some, there’s only limited sizes available. Many have been discounted down more than once, giving you a great deal. Selfridges sells a number of higher end items, so if you’re looking for fashion from the higher end and want a bargain, I have hand picked some of the best sale items right here.

There’s a lot of great menswear pieces from Ted Baker. The Oakjak printed blazer is something different, if you’re looking for a blazer which is smart but not something boring and plain this is a good choice. Only £139 it can be bought here. If you’re looking for something a bit plainer then the Faramir cotton blazer could be something to consider, down from £250 to £175 it comes with a paisley lapel badge and Ted Baker seaside print lining. Grab it here. It is the summer, and a summer shirt would make a great addition to your wardrobe. Short sleeves will keep you cool, and a floral print will show you’re a laid back, stylish kind of guy. I like this floral print from Ted Baker, which will freshen up your look. Get it here. Last but by no means least from Ted Baker is this shirt. I am in love with it. It’s smart, elegant and has tonal vertical stripes adding just a hint of contrast. Down from £85 to £40, get it quick here.

REISS is another brand I really like, and there are a couple of great bargains in there from the brand. It’s too early to think of autumn but this V-neck jumper in navy does look good, get it in now and it will do you well in the cooler months, only £35. Get it here. If you’re looking for a smart blazer This single breasted jacket is a good option and comes with double side vents, two button fastening and pocket detail. It’s yours for only £125 here.

From Diesel – If you’re in the market for a plain fitted T-shirt they have a black one of those, with a typical twist. It sports a turn-up sleeve, branded tab and exposed seems. Plain but certainly not boring, it’s now £35 and can be bought here.

Thomas Pink are renowned for their shirts, but are on the expensive side. You can pick up a Algernon slim fit shirt for only £55 at Selfridges, now there’s no excuse not to look sharp. Get it here.


Thursday, 22nd December, 2011

iPad Fashion Cases, Sleeves And Covers 2011/12

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Christmas is fast approaching, and many people will get an iPad, or already have an iPad and may want a case. I have had a search around and found some really cool cases. The iPad is a fashion accessory as much as anything else, so wrapping it up in a cool fashionable case is the only way to go. It is hard to find lots of designer cases all under one roof, so I have compiled a few cases which I like, with a variety of price tags.

One thing which I am unsure of is how much do you spend on a case? An iPad will set you back at least £400, so is spending £300 on a case a silly idea? You can decide, I will just show you what is currently on offer at the moment.

The first case I have to write about is in fact not a fashion case, but a very cool one non the less. It is called a G-Form Extreme case, and is made of special materials. It is soft, lightweight and flexable, but has proven to be one of the most durable and tough cases which you can buy.

It has been tested and showed off a lot with its amazing strength; The case is said to have properties which change, so it is soft and flexable but when impact is made it becomes rigid and tough and can withstand quite a lot, including a bowling ball dropped on it. Check out this test below!

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Quite impressive! 🙂 If you are scared about dropping your beloved iPad on the floor or down the stairs it looks like this is the case for you, it looks pretty cool too.

It is currently available on pre-order for £70 in most places, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and Firebox. Amazon release date is 15th January 2012. It does come in a variety of colours like black which is above, and yellow.

Now for the fashion cases…

 

  1. Mulberry case – Brown leather case, cool stitching and suede interior. £375 from MR Porter
  2. Louis Vuitton – One of the most recognisable brands out there, the traditional LV patterned design will give your iPad some high-end fashion looks. £255 from Louis Vuitton
  3. Ralph Lauren black leather case. nice clean design with front emblunm £125 from John Lewis
  4. Marc Jacobs – One of my favourite designs, bright blue so it will stand out a mile away, and it looks cool too. Embossed lettering throughout the case design with Marc by Marc Jacobs logo. £45 from MR Porter.
  5. Ted Baker Case – with a zip fastening and a sleeve to store extra swag. £32 from Nordstrom
  6. Mulberry Sleeve – Black leather sleeve, very simple and sleek design. £150 from John Lewis
  7. Dolce And Gabbana – D&G designer iPad case, with zipped front and opening. £335 from Luisaviaroma.com
  8. Gucci Case – Available in brown or black leather, this case has the Gucci diamond leather pattern embossed throughout and comes with an interior compartment. £325 from MR Porter.

My favourite has to be the Marc Jacobs case for the cool design, or if I were going for a more traditional contemporary look the Gucci case.

 


Wednesday, 29th June, 2011

My Clothing Purchases: June 2011

I got some things I really like including another pair of white jeans, and many t-shirts for the summer 🙂

Humor T Shirt. Cool graphic 🙂

DR Denim Striped T Shirt. I like this, the quality feels really nice, the sleeves seem a bit short, I will have to see when I try it on.

River Island NYC T Shirt. This has 3/4 sleeves, its a baseball style which I like. Grey and purple, I thought I would go for something a bit different.

A really nice smart tee from Ted Baker. Again feels like really good quality, as I have come to expect from Ted Baker 🙂

Evisu T Shirt, the brand is one of my old favourites, and I haven’t had anything Evisu for a while so picked this up.

Another pair of White jeans, these ones from Tommy Hilfiger. I remember when Tommy Hilfiger used to be a really good denim brand, and good fashion label, they seemed to have lost their way a bit, other brands came to the forefront and they sort of got left behind. I have seen more and more things from Tommy Hilfiger I like so maybe I will get some more 🙂 These feel really nice, I will see how they look and feel when I try them on.

I :heart: All of this 😉