Tommy Hilfiger is an American brand which is mostly famous for it's designer jeans. It is premium-high street, and sells other fashion for both men and women including shirts, knits and t-shirts which work particularly well in the preppy fashion scene.
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.
Tommy Hilfiger dropped the Tommy Jeans 90’s Capsule Collection back in April, and since it’s success the line has been expanded and more nostalgia has been added to the line up. As you know I love 90’s fashion trends, they have been big for a few years, and continue to grow and become more popular.
The new additions include a new T-shirt with the iconic Tommy Jeans logo, this time without the wording, and the graphic being printed on the front of the shirt is it’s entirety, a hooded sweatshirt with the same design and including the Tommy Jeans wording down the sleeves. For the Winter months, a padded gilet has been added, as well as a metallic down puffer jacket, and some cotton fleece sweatpants.
One of the key pieces from the collection is a varsity style jacket, with a wool body, faux leather sleeves and Tommy Jeans graphic to the back of the jacket. The Tee is £40, with hoody being £110, sweatpants £90 and the varsity jacket coming in at £190.
They’re all available at Tommy Jeans here, if you want to get your 90’s on.
It’s back! Fashion Friday has returned to Michael 84 to bring you the best menswear and clothing for guys of the week. Let me take the hassle of shopping around and showcase a small selection of what’s caught my eye over the past week.
The Calvin Klein Re-issued clothing is still on trend, and CK know it, and have released even more reincarnations of their favourite 90’s classic pieces of clothing. You can get this Calvin Klein Jeans Sweatshirt which comes in a couple of colourways, my favourite being this tonal dark blue colour which CK are calling night sky. Get it here at Calvin Klein for £80.
In keeping with the 90’s trend, there’s this Kappa Track Jacket. It’s a new design, but keeps the nostalgic taping and piping down the arms and classic Kappa logo to the front. The blue and white half colour works well, you can get it for £60 here
First up for the knitwear and jumpers is this one from DR Denim. The Noah Neppy Knit comes in an 80% lambswool mix in a marled style, and will be a good addition to you wardrobe game. It’s yours for £65 – here
Light coloured knits are great, I really like them, and this one from TOPMAN is no exception. It’s an Ecru Textured Sweatshirt and is a good start if you’re looking to increase or start a new wardrobe for Autumn, a very reasonable £22 here
As you’ll probably know if you’ve read the blog over the Summer, nautical stripes are on trend, and I love them. Just because the Summer is over doesn’t mean the trend has to be, and you can get this TOPMAN Striped Jumper if you want to take the trend into Autumn. For £30 it’s a good way to keep the style going. Get it here
If you are in need of a pair of jeans for this season, you can have a look at the LEVIS 511 Black Slim Jeans. It’s my favourite fit, and as you’ll know from reading my 5 pairs of denim guide, you’ll want at least one pair of black denim in your armoury. Get a pair of classic Levis for £80 here
Autumn and Winter are about layering, and you can do this with a good, solid knit. This cotton cashmere knit from Tommy Hilfiger is something you should seriously consider. Grey is a timeless colour, the V-neck style means you can wear it with a shirt to have that all important smart casual look. Get it for £80 here
If you want to add more dimension to your knitwear, the GANT Donegal Stripe Jumper could be a good way to do it. It’s a neutral colour, but the sand colour could be one you don’t already own, with the stripes it will add some individuality to your look. You can buy it for £95 – here
If you want an alternative to dark jeans, these GANT Chinos could be it. Khaki in colour, you can style them up with most colours which will keep your outfit looking smart. They’re £85 here
The Adidas NMD-R1 are some of the most talked about trainers in menswear at the moment. If you want to join the trend you can do so with these all black trainers, which will be available in a week for £110 here
If you prefer to have smarter footwear, Paul Smithhas you covered with these Bordeaux Christo Brogues. Crafted in Italy from Parma calf leather, they are not only a stylish piece, but also an investment in high quality footwear. Get yourself a pair for £285 here
That’s it for Fashion Friday this week! Remember to check out the men’s fashion advice section for men’s style tips, and as always, if you spot something worth a mention, shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blogand let me know 🙂
Remember that Tommy Hilfiger logo? If you were a child of the 90’s like me, you’ll remember that distinctive Tommy Hilfiger flag logo which was synonymous with the brand back in the good old days of the 90’s. As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader, I love that 90’s fashion is back (check my 90s fashion tips) and Tommy Hilfiger was one of the major brands back then. A few brands have been doing re-releases and re-branding, going back to the 90’s, such as Calvin Klein, French Connection, Ellesse and Kappa, Tommy Jeans is the latest label to be making a very fashionable comeback, fashionably late of course 😉
The collection comprises of flag sweatshirts in a couple of colours, available for £90, as well as a couple of tees in a few colours, costing £40. The capsule collection is finished with a denim jacket with trademark logo to the back, costing £150.
The T-shirts are well worth a look at, if you’re into 90’s or street style these will go down well and be a nice little addition to your wardrobe, or if you’re thinking ahead to the Autumn/Winter, the sweatshirts look really good.
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🙂
The 90’s was an absolute immense decade for so many reasons; The music, the technology, the good times and of course the fashion. With a lot of cultures and sub-cultures being born or coming of age, there was such a rich diverse of style and fashion, a lot of it from the 90’s music scenes like Brit Pop. I love shows set in the 90’s like This Is England 90, fashion was and still is a big part of life, and it’s done well in the show.
90’s fashion trends have come back and are getting increasingly popular, everything from bucket hats to track jackets and band T-shirts, with favourite brands like Stussy, Ellesse and Kappa making comebacks, and fashion labels like Calvin Klein doing 90’s reissues of their clothing, there’s plenty out there if you’re looking to get into a 90’s trend. Check me out in my 90’s Kappa tracksuit, something which really brings back memories, and you can bring back the 90’s in your very own style.
90’s Fashion Brands You Should Know
Tommy Hilfiger – A trendy American import, Tommy Hilfiger and the trademark Red and white logo could be seen all over the place in the mid to late 90’s. Popular fashion from Tommy Hilfiger were denim, and smarter pieces.
Kappa – Kappa, the Italian sportswear kings of the mid-90’s. Infamous tracksuits and track jackets were backed up with tees and other tops.
Adidas Originals – It was just Adidas back then, and they’re responsible for perhaps the most iconic track jacket of them all. The three stripes in classic colours can still be bought today, it’s worn and loved. Adidas ‘poppers’ which were press-stud tracksuit bottoms were a huge hit, and the Gazelle trainers were also loved.
Calvin Klein – Calvin Klein was thought of as one of the coolest premium high street brands back then, if you had a CK top or pair of jeans then you were considered at the height of fashion. They were much ‘posher’ than your traditional pair of 501’s.
Fred Perry – The number one choice when you had to buy a polo shirt. With it’s minimal styling and tipped collar and sleeves, Fred Perry tops were clean cut and smart, without being formal.
Fila -Another sports brand which done well in the 90’s was Fila. If you ever wanted a casual T-shirt or track top they were always a viable option, and they are back in 2015!
Ellesse – Another big hitter making big waves in the 90’s which has returned is Ellesse. Another go to fashion label when you needed a jacket or casual tee.
Reebok – One of the biggest sports brands in the 90’s alongside Adidas, Nike and Puma. They were responsible with the Reebok Classics trainers, the much loved trainers which even makes it into Mike Skinner’s The Streets lyrics (Let’s put on our Classics and we’ll have a little dance shall we?).
Ralph Lauren – Another of the American imports, Ralph Lauren brought their signature line along with Polo Sport, both of which were seen as high end high street fashion, which was popular but worn sparingly.
Diadora – Last of the Italian sports brands in the list, they will always be remembered for the fluorescent coloured sports tees; Yellow and orange options were available, with plenty of other more neutral colours of tees and trackies.
DKNY – Donna Karen New York was more edgy and another American brand which was popular back in the 90s. With large printed graphics, you only needed four letters, DKNY.
Puma – More popular with sportswear and footwear, Puma made everything from tees to trainers and sweatshirts to bags and accessories.
United Colours Of Benetton – A more contemporary fashion brand with nice sweatshirts, tees and probably pioneered coloured jeans in the UK in the 90’s Benetton had a lot of boutique style shops selling their cool wears.
90’s T Shirts
As mentioned above, Calvin Klein reissued their CK line which has proved to be popular. Inspired from the original 90’s collection, it’s still going strong now.
Tommy Hilfiger followed in the footsteps and re launched Tommy Jeans, with the same success as CK. They’re updated designs which keep their original style, and look the part.
Reebok were later to the 90’s party, but with their Classics range they’ve released some T-shirts and sweats with the iconic Reebok vector logo, for a reasonable price.
CK, Tommy Jeans and Reebok have all reissued 90’s style sweatshirts and in some cases hoodies, all inspired from the greatest decade there was.
90’s Style – Jackets And Track Jackets
Whether it’s cold, warm or hot, a track jacket was one of the most fundamental fashion items to own. They’re light, you could usually get matching bottoms and they were on trend. There were so many brands with so many styles and their own take on track jackets. In the mid 90s there was the infamous Kappa, and throughout the 90s there were the iconic Adidas (which we now call Adidas Originals) as well as Fred Perry, Ellesse and Umbro to name a few.
Fred Perry Track Jackets
Ellesse Track Jackets
In the trainer department there were a couple of favourites, but some of the absolute iconic trainers which were must have for the cool kids in the 90’s were a pair of Air Max, in particular what we now know as the Air Max 1 as well as the Air Max 90, but trainers which were just as popular back then were a pair of Reebok Classics. All white or all black, they were trainers which were super smart and super cool, but still casual. If you didn’t own a pair you probably know someone who did. Others worth a mention were the Puma discs which were a bit of a hit, and Adidas Gazelle’s which came in an array of colours.
Reebok Classics £55 | Air Max 90 £95
Baseball caps were OK, but if you really wanted an alternative for headwear bucket hats were the way to go. There was a huge amount of style, colours, and patterns available from all the big clothing brands. Kangol had a lot out there, as did the other labels of the day. In 2014 and 2015 bucket hats, like other 90’s trends has had a big resurgence, and there’s a big range available today.
Criminal Damage bucket hat – £25 | Stussy bucket hat – £30| Adidas
Jeans & 90’s Denim Brands
Jeans and denim in the 90’s was about light blue washes, relaxed fits, and rips if you like them or could afford them, ripped jeans were more expensive, with the premise that “you had to pay someone to put rips in them, that’s why they cost more”. If you were from Newcastle you’ll know all about Geordie Jeans, if you’re not then the big brands were Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Pepe Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. If you were feeling a bit adventurous you may go for a colour in the summer, possibly white, but the go to colour wash the light blue wash synonymous with a pair of jeans.
Tommy Hilfiger – £150 | Levi’s ORIGINAL 501 £75 | Pepe Jeans £85
Band T Shirts
Music was a big part of the 90’s as we’ve already established. From punk to pop, dance, and of course Brit pop. It was Oasis vs Blur with a bit of Pulp and Ocean Colour Scene thrown in, it was the Stone Roses, The Prodigy and underground rave-ups. The best way to show your alliance with what kind of music you were into was a band T-Shirt, and there were plenty available, and some still are. The lemon Stone Roses T-shirt is a particular favourite, get the licenced one.
Polo Shirts & Shirts
Polo shirts were popular, and were the perfect balance of being smart while maintaining a casual look. One of the most popular brands for polos were Fred Perry. As for shirts, short sleeve was the way to go, with Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Ben Sherman among others.
Digital watches were popular back in the 90’s, and certain ones have become legends of the decade, such as the G-Shock watches, or Baby-G if you’re a girl, and the ultimate boys watch, a Casio digital watch. Whether you go for the gold metal strap or rubberised one is entirely up to you.
The 90’s was an amazing decade for fashion, but just like in the past right up to the present day, the fashion you wore depends on your own personal style. Sportswear and casual clothing were the big things back then and a hit in popular culture, but there was also a massive amount of different sub-cultures and styles in existence each with their own take on the 90’s classics. Many styles, fashion labels and clothing has been brought back, and has never looked better. Long live the 90’s! 😀 Check out more of my favourite men’s fashion trends here, with ideas on how I style each trend.
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 😉
This week’s Fashion Friday Edit contains a few style tips for a couple of different styles. There’s some contemporary pieces along with some more expressive bold statement choices, I think there’s at least one piece in here you’ll love.
First up from Norse Projects I have picked out a nautical striped knit along with a fair isle scarf, both perfect for the pending Autumn we’re getting into right now. Nigo has teamed up with Adidas Originals again, and I think this all over print tee is pretty cool. It’s bold and makes a statement. From Tommy Hilfiger I have selected a green V-neck knit which is constructed from pima cotton and cashmere. Layering is something which you are able to do in the cooler months, and I think the check Tommy Hilfiger shirt will work well for this.
A slogan sweatshirt is next up if you’re looking for a bit of street wear, the Ebbets Field Flannels Brooklyn sweat in grey looks really nice and will keep you feeling youthful. Inline with the street wear Adidas have collaborated with Neighborhood once again, and this black T Shirt is a nice logo piece from the collection, and at only £45 it’s the most affordable piece from the collaboration.
In the middle of both of these is a sleek and smart shirt from Ted Baker. When you want to dress up an outfit with a staple plain shirt this has to be a contender, a dark navy shirt with a satin feel will make you feel elegant.
If you enjoyed reading this you can read all the men’s fashion tips, which includes style advice and the latest fashion drops from my favourite brands and designers.
One thing I love about the spring is spring knitwear. It’s not warm enough to walk around in just a t-shirt, and not cold enough for a winter coat and layers of clothing, it’s perfect weather for spring knitwear. It’s important to remember that knitwear such as jumpers and cardigans should not be put away when the first glimpse of sunshine comes, and that they are great pieces to build up your wardrobe and look with. You can keep it simple and toned down with darker colours such as dark greys, blues and black, or a great thing to do is to add some subtle colour to your look with a pastel colour knit.
Lightweight And Layering
It is Spring which means it’s not freezing cold, however it’s not boiling hot. The key is to choose cardigans or jumpers which are lightweight, not big, heavy, bulky feeling items. The look you are trying to achieve is to combine both the knitwear and the shirt or t-shirt you’re wearing. Layering your outfit creates an extra dimension to your look, and transforms a simple shirt into a focal point of your look.
Jumpers, V-Necks, Cardigans – What to choose?
A round neck jumper is a choice you can make without worrying too much about layering, since you will not see much of what is underneath. Still, you can layer it with a shirt exposing the collar, make sure you go for a colour which matches the jumper, a plain or pattern could work for this.
A V-Neck knit is a great thing to go for when you want to dress up that little bit smarter, but remember that you will have to wear something under it to complete the look. A T-Shirt will almost certainly look a bit sloppy, so a shirt is the way to go. Again, make sure you choose colours which compliment each other well, a plain shirt will be easier to combine with the V-neck.
A cardigan is the most versatile of the three and can easily be worn as a casual or more formal type of clothing. Layer it with a shirt for a smarter look, a clean t-shirt can still give a smart image or go for a printed tee if you want to be ultra casual.
Brighten up your look
I think the best aspect of spring knitwear is that you can add colour to your look, which instantly brightens up your outfit and will get you noticed but at the same time you can keep it minimal. You don’t need to run out and buy a jumper in every colour and then have to find something to match. You can keep things simple by starting out with a light grey or blue colour, which is not too outrageous but is light and team it with light coloured jeans or chinos, or for a more neutral look stick to indigo denim.
Here are some of my picks for the Spring 2014 season.
Tommy Hilfiger Green £80 | John Smedley £125 | Gant £72
The Tommy Hilfiger green V-neck is a great reminder that spring is here, and combining it with a white or pale blue shirt and indigo jeans would be good. The ice blue John Smedley is a round neck jumper, a navy blue shirt would work with this. The Gant is quite a rich pink, a light blue would work well, or go for the ultimate contrast with a black shirt.
Ralph Lauren Light Pink £88 | Tommy Hilfiger Mustard £90 | Reiss ELM £69
The light pink Ralph Lauren is a good spring colour along with the mustard yellow Tommy Hilfiger, a clean white shirt would be good for both of these. The Reiss crew neck is a good light colour which could be worn with bright blue chinos to create a colour blocking type look.
Gant Pink £84 | Gant Purple £72 | Gant Green £72
The Gant round neck collar jumper is a cable style knit which adds texture to the look. Gant offer a lot of pastel colours including these purple and green tops.
H&M £14.99 | He By Mango £27.99 | He By Mango £45.99
A basic cardigan from H&M in a marled colour gives off some great contrast. He By Mango has this cardigan as featured before, crème colour with navy detailing, as well as the nautical theme which looks very clean.
River Island Cardigan £20 | Topman £24 | Zara £39.99
Two basic cardigans from River Island and Topman. A darker grey colour to give off a simpler and more toned down look, or add some colour with the red. Zara have a dip dye grandad neck cardigan, the faded colour adds dimension to your outfit.
This has been an introduction to spring knitwear for this spring which I hope gives some insight to what is on offer for this season. They key things are to brighten up your look, create a colour scheme to your liking with pastel colours for a more toned down look if that’s what you prefer, and to incorporate a knit into your look which will always create more dimension whether you’re going for a casual or smarter style.
It’s another back to school fashion guide! It’s September so that means one thing, back to school, college or uni for those who are getting an education. Get the first day of term right with the perfect outfit. This post is dedicated to jeans, a good pair of jeans goes a long way. Buying a nice, comfortable, stylish and sturdy pair can last you quite a while, and getting something contemporary will ensure that they are timeless.
When it comes to denim, paying a little bit extra does go a long way. Jeans are always in style, they are a very versatile part of any wardrobe and buying a good pair will last a long time. When paying a lot of money for jeans you should look at it as an investment; A high end fashion label t-shirt will be cool for a while, but not forever.
I believe everyone should own at least one pair of good denim, whether it be to wear on that special occasion, make a formal look more casual or just a piece to add to your wardrobe. You can be fairly confident that buying a simple but stylish pair of jeans will stand the test of time, look good but most importantly feel great.
Fit – My personal favourite fit of jeans are slim or regular fit. They don’t have to be drainpipe skinny style to be fitted, there is a preference in fashion at the moment for this type of style. Leave the flares and the like back in the past.
Wash – I do love darker washes of jeans. They are a smarter cleaner looking style without being too formal, and look good around the house, in town, down the pub or in a club. To add a bit of character and dimension I like the faded and light distressed looks, I would stay clear of acid wash and rough distressed styles to maintain versatility.
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