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Topman is one of the UK's biggest high street fashion store and clothing label for men, producing cool contemporary basics and fashion forward clothing. Check out my latest style tips for Topman, including the stylish suit guide as well as their latest fashion offerings.

Monday, 10th September, 2018

The Best Online High Street Fashion Brands For Affordable Menswear

The Best Online High Street Fashion Brands For Affordable Menswear

Whether you’re looking to buy some basics to create your latest outfit, you want a one-off piece at an affordable price, or you’re just looking for some of the freshest trends at great prices, the high street is the place to be for menswear.

But you don’t need to leave your house to get your hands on some new clothes, you can do it all at the click of a button by visiting the sites online.

There’s plenty out there, from brands having their own websites, to mult-brand online stores which sell all your favourite brands, and even branch out into their own label. The Internet is only getting bigger and bigger, so it can be difficult to navigate.

There’s also a huge number of high street stores which may not be in your city so you’re unaware of them, but not to worry.

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Wednesday, 5th September, 2018

What Is Muscle Fit Clothing? Everything You Need To Know

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Over the past 5 or 6 years, muscle fit clothing has taken off, but what is it, and should you wear it? You could say that it all started with the muscle fit T-shirt, and from there there’s been a lot of other men’s clothing which has been categorised as muscle fit.

I’ve bought a few items, and if you’re wondering if it’s the right fit for you, I can give you some advice as to what it is, and if it will work for you.

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Monday, 7th August, 2017

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.

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Friday, 30th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.13 – Best Menswear This Week

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So here we are, back for another Fashion Friday! Autumn is definitely kicking in, the dark nights are coming fast, and it’s definitely getting much, colder! 🙁 Both of these things are bad, but the good part about Autumn is the clothing choices available. Layering is always good, and I can bring out my knits once again for what will most probably be daily wear. For scents to warm things up you can check out the best fragrances for Autumn, but here are my favourite brand new menswear for the week.

I featured the H&M Modern Essentials AW16 on the blog a few weeks ago, and I have selected the stripe wool blend sweatshirt from the collection. My other picks from H&M are the merino wool polo neck jumper in dark grey, along with a blue long sleeve T-shirt. I really love the colour of both of these pieces, the tee brightens up any look, and the grey jumper is a classic piece for any wardrobe for the Autumn.

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Wool Blend stripe sweatshirt – £15here

Blue long sleeve T-shirt – £8here

Merino wool polo neck jumper – £30here

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The Ario knit from Minimum is 100% wool and a really warm chunky type of jumper which looks like it will hold up well in the colder Autumn days and nights to come. I really love the colour for Autumn, it will also transcend into other seasons since the colour is neutral. It’s £100 here. The sonjay bomber jacket is made of polyester so should do well in the rain, and being black will stand up to most things which looking ever stylish. I love the diamond quilted pattern, and it’s yours for £100 here. Last up from Minimum is the tahi shirt, and it’s a good one. 100% Cotton, it’s a check shirt with blue and white checks in a buffalo print style which is something I’ve always loved. The fit looks pretty good, and the white buttons stand out in the design. You can get this for £55 here.

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The Seaton shirt is from the Tailored by Solid line and it’s such a great navy blue colour which I’d probably say is almost midnight blue. The contrasting white buttons really stand out which sets off the dark colour. Get it for £50 here. If you’re in need of a cardigan the Dorsk from Tiger of Sweden could be a good option. It’s a zip up rather than the traditional button up, and is made from merino wool. Get it here for £150. Finally another bomber jacket, this one from GANT and is called the Loft. It’s 100% polyester and lightweight but has plenty of insulation to keep you warm. You can get it for £200 here.

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From TOPMAN I have picked out this black premium duck down bomber from the LTD collection. It’s warm and could be your next Autumn/Winter coat, with premium features such as real duck down, it’s at a really good price for only £100 here. It is the season for bomber jackets, so here is another from TOPMAN. It comes in black complete with zip up and made from 100% cotton and will work with anything from your wardrobe. Get it for only £25 here. Last up is this sweatshirt, and I love the mint colour for this season. You can pair it with the bomber jacket or another staple colour and it will work. Get it for £35 here.

That’s your lot for this weeks Fashion Friday! As always if you see anything shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog and let me know, and you can read more of my men’s style tips over here for ideas on what to pair with these for Autumn.


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 can be considered an autumn style trend 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.

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Wednesday, 14th September, 2016

What To Wear To Uni: Budget Student Style For Guys At University

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Inspiration And Ideas For University Style For Guys

Off to uni but don’t know what to wear?

Or maybe you’re already a student at Uni, but want to upgrade your outfits?

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.

From going to lectures to roaming around campus and nights out, there’s plenty of clothes you can wear without spending a fortune.

Here I’ll go through some basic fashion essentials for guys which you should be buying and wearing at uni or college.

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Friday, 9th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.12 – Best Menswear Of The Week

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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

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

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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

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.

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 must have denim guide, you’ll want at least one pair of black denim in your armoury. Get a pair of classic Levis for £80

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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

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

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

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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

If you prefer to have smarter footwear, Paul Smith has 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

That’s it for Fashion Friday this week! Remember to check out the more mens fashion advice for style tips, and as always, if you spot something worth a mention, shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog and let me know 🙂


Friday, 11th March, 2016

Newcastle Suit Styling With Topman

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TOPMAN recently launched their campaign for their suit styling this season, and picked out some of the biggest fashion bloggers in the UK to style a suit for their city. Great Britain, Great Suits, is all about different styles of suits in some of the hottest cities in the UK. These were London, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and of course Newcastle.

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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


Monday, 19th October, 2015

Nick Grimshaw x Topman Collection

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The Nick Grimshaw x Topman collection has landed. The collaboration is Grimmy’s debut in men’s fashion, and features a strong limited edition 20 piece range. The collection has been inspired by his own personal style, “Unless I wanted to wear it right away, we didn’t do it” said the Radio 1 breakfast show presenter and X Factor judge.

My favourite pieces from the collection are the Hand Drawn black and white check jacket, the doodle print tee and the paint splatter shirts and scarves, which look great when wearing the contrasting shirt and scarf combo.

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Doodle T Shirt £25 | Puppy Print T-Shirt £25 | Animal Print Shirt £38

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Leopard Print T-Shirt £25 | Striped Knitted Jumper £50 | Laddered Knitted Jumper £50

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Black Dog Knitted Jumper £50 | White Paint Splatter Shirt £38 | Black Paint Splatter Shirt £38

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Leopard Print Backpack – £65 | Paint Splatter Scarf – £15 | Leopard Print Scarf £15

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Black Fringe Jacket £200 | Sand Fringe Jacket £200 | Long Leather Sleeve Bomber £150

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Hand Drawn White Check Jacket £70 | Leopard Collar Harrington Jacket £100 | Leopard Crombie Jacket £150


Thursday, 6th November, 2014

TOPSHOP TOPMAN Opens Flagship Store On 5th Avenue

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Topshop and Topman launched a flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City on Tuesday, with a spectacular dinner hosted by Sir Philip & Lady Green at Vanderbilt Hall. It was a star-studded occasion, with live performances from Lionel Richie, Jessie J and Nick Jonas. Celebrities in attendance included Chloe Jade Green, Beyonce, Cara Delevingne, Ciara, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, LA Reid, Victoria Silvstedt, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, Poppy Delevingne, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Derek Blasberg, DJ Ross One, Eva Chen and many more.

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Friday, 7th March, 2014

Fourteen For 14 At Topman

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For the Summer 2014, Topman are introducing fourteen essential brands for the season. The labels include some brand new to Topman, and some back for a further season. With a well rounded look books including amazing prints, street wear, Americana, Scandinavian style and others to keep you looking smart and sharp. From this week, you’ll see these brands and their SS14 collections at Topman. Find favourites and discover the new labels, which are:

DR Denim, Eleven Paris, Iuter, Quay, Majestic, Herschel Supply Co, Jaded, Selected, Systvm, Horace, LAC, Criminal Damage, A Question Of and Underated.

DR Denim is a brand I know a lot of and love. I have a few pairs of jeans and shirts from them, and I really like their style and quality.

Eleven Paris is known for it’s cool printed tees, incorporated famous faces and famous names. The contemporary styles are influenced from pop culture and combines with humour.

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Iuter is a contemporary Italian brand launching exclusively in the UK at Topman. Premium quality, Avant-garde and innovation is the ethos behind the Italian designed and manufactured brand.

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Majestic is the original and best name when it comes to American styles. From baseball jackets to jerseys, get official NFL/MLB styled fashion which has been on trend for the past few years.

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Hype is about all over prints, and bold statements. Large logos, all over floral prints fresh out of the UK.


Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

Fashion Trends – Checks, Plaid, Flannel, Prints And Buffalo Checks

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A really big fashion trend at the moment is check and plaid patterns and prints, but most of all Buffalo prints. I got myself a t-shirt which I really love in this style which is really taking over. Have you wondered what this is called when searching for some clothing or accessories? It’s called Buffalo Check.

Most commonly seen in red and black, but you can get it in a variation of other colours such as yellow/black or blue/black. The original use was for heavy types of fabrics for use in fashion such as lumberjack shirts and jackets, but it’s now come into it’s own, and being used a lot in both men’s and women’s fashion. There’s a huge variation of clothing and accessories which are available now, here are a couple of my favourites which I have found.

ASOS T Shirt and shirt, they also have a wide range of other fashion in Buffalo including a bomber jacket, polo top and even a backpack. Topman have a few items including this really nice printed scarf, a must have if Buffalo clothing is not your style but you like the pattern enough to incorporate it within your usual outfits. King of shirts Ralph Lauren do their check shirt, as do !Solid, H&M and Zara.


Friday, 29th November, 2013

This Week’s Fashion Tips – Issue 2 – Michael84:Edit

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Want to find out what is hot this week in the world of street wear, high street and high end fashion? Check out the Michael84:Edit Issue 2. This week is a mix of high street fashion and high end style, from labels such as Kenzo and Topman, available in shops such as Selfridges, ASOS and Liberty.

ASOS BLK T Shirt – £22 – Check out the checks. This style is an absolute must this season. ASOS are on trend, offering a tee, polo, long sleeve top and even a bomber jacket in this style.

Topman Basic Baseball Tee – £18 – This is the perfect choice for me, if you are into DIY or customising your clothes this this a brilliant canvas to work on, or if you want something simple for a minimal look. Don’t spend a fortune on a hipster brand, go for an official MLB Majestic brand or high street name if baseball tees are your thing.

Criminal Damage Bomber – £70 – Bomber length, quilted and a cosmic galaxy print. It has all the fashionable bases covered. If you want to brighten up your look and stay warm, this is a good way to do it.

Topman Flecked Bomber – £35 – Complete with leopard print sleeves it stands out without being too loud and flamboyant.

Kenzo Sweatshirt – £160 – The must have sweatshirt for AW13, if you have £160 to spend on a sweatshirt, this is the one.

Alexander McQueen T-shirt – £125 – Get this overall print McQ tee for a premium choice of top with unique design.

Nudie Jeans – £170 – Thin Finn jeans in a heavy rust wash, with the typical Nudie high quality denim.

Selected Homme Jumper – £45 – In a dark melange grey colour, this thick round neck knit will keep you warm this winter.


Friday, 22nd February, 2013

Men’s Fashion Trends: Dip Dye & Tie Dye For Summer 2013

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It’s not the 60s any more, but the colour from back in the day are back for Spring Summer 2013 in the form of tie dye and dip dye fashion. A few months ago I brought you the dip dye Billionaire Boys Club jeans, they look amazing and are something distinctive and different. If you want something a little different to the standard dark and light denim, they are definitely the thing to get.

Bright coluors have been the key to recent fashion trends, we have seen the Top Man Generations showcasing bright oranges, Hugo by BOSS and light pastal colours in it’s Spring 2013 campaign and others.

I really love the dip dye, and the effect it produces. When it’s done right and done with great colours, it gives amazing results with looks that will turn heads. If you are looking to add something dynamic to your wardrobe this would make a great addition.

  1. Red & white dip dye t-shirt by Worn By, with printed pattern throughout the tee. £32 at ASOS
  2. Blues to white dip dye t-shirt from United Colours Of Benetton. £23
  3. Blues and white dip dye jumper from Gant. This is such a beautiful piece, probably my favourite from this little selection. £100
  4. Dip Dye hoodie by ASOS. Blue to green colour, not the greatest colours to blend, but does not look too bad. £28
  5. Indigo tie dye shirt from TopMan. Oversized fit, £34
  6. Hype tie dye socks. Yes! Even socks have got the tie dye treatment. Hype logo from TopMan. £10/pair
  7. Billionaire Boys Club dip dye denim. Look amazing and be different with these. £215 each