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Friday, 30th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.13 – Best Menswear This Week

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! ūüôĀ 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 Р£15here

Blue long sleeve T-shirt Р£8here

Merino wool polo neck jumper Р£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’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.

As with every piece of clothing, there’s plenty of choice at all different price-points. Typically with leather jackets, a genuine suede jacket will start at around ¬£100, and¬†from there goes upwards to whatever your wallet can afford! Grab a high street label such as Mango or Topman for under ¬£150, premium high street brands such as Reiss or Ted Baker will come in at ¬£200 – ¬£400, and luxury and designer brands like Burberry and Tom Ford will run into the thousands.

A suede jacket can be looked at as a good investment, and should last you plenty of Autumn and mild Winters to come, providing you look after it well enough. They’re timeless, so you don’t have to worry about them going out of style,¬†one¬†to your wardrobe or expanding it with a different colour or style is something to consider.

Here’s over 30 of the best suede jackets for this season, from the high street and luxury brands, there’s something for everyone’s budget.

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Wednesday, 14th September, 2016

Budget University Style & Cheap Fashion Essentials For Guys 2016

Inspiration And Ideas For University Style For Guys

Going to University can be expensive, but fortunately your style does not have to be. You can get some really great basic and staple pieces ready to wear at university, even if you’re on a budget. Here I’ll go through some basic fashion essentials which you should be buying and wearing at uni or college.

University/College Student Budget Preparing – Only Buy What You Need

It’s really easy to go shopping for clothing and getting home having spent hundreds on pretty much the same style of types of items. You don’t need 5 pairs of the same jeans in the same wash, especially when you’re on a budget. You need to create a streamline wardrobe, a capsule wardrobe, with a variety of key pieces, rather than a lot of the same fashion.

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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¬†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

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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¬†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

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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 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

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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 here

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  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 @Michael84Blog and let me know ūüôā


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.

I am proud to say that I represented Newcastle, and spoke of the style trends we have in our amazing city. My suit choice was called “Shades of Blue“, and as the name suggests, was a blue suit, styled with a light blue shirt, and black derby shoes. The colour and style is really great for our city, which is a mix of bustling restaurants and bars, plenty of shopping for the latest fashion and relaxing in a more chilled out environment. Blue is a very versatile colour when it comes to suits;¬†A blue suit is something I think every guy should own, it’s more of a modern colour over the usual black, can be worn in a variety of situations you may find yourself in, and can be styled with so many different colour and texture options.

Of course there’s only one place to shoot this outfit to represent Newcastle; Our iconic Quayside, and managed to get a bit of the Tyne Bridge in too ūüėČ

Check out the campaign, with the Interactive Map here, and all the suiting styles here. This blue suit is available at Topman, you can get all the details on the campaign pages ūüôā

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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.

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H&M Velour Sweats Р£45

ASOS Cardigan Р£32

Mango Leather Jacket Р£169

Ted Baker Shirt Р£89

Topman Roll Neck Р£25

Hugo Boss Cardigan Р£129

Nudie Jeans Black Out Р£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, ‚ÄúUnless I wanted to wear it right away, we didn‚Äôt do it‚ÄĚ 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 Р£65 | Paint Splatter Scarf Р£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


Sunday, 4th October, 2015

90’s Fashion Trends – The Come Back Of 90s Style

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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

Calvin Klein

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 Jeans

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

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.

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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.

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Fred Perry Track Jackets

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Ellesse Track Jackets

Trainers

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.

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Reebok Classics £55 | Air Max 90 £95

Bucket Hats

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 Р£25 | Stussy bucket hat Р£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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Verdict

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! ūüėÄ Check out more of my favourite men’s fashion trends here, with ideas on how I style each trend.


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 Р£45

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with knee rips Р£21

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with extreme rips Р£35

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Religion Noize cut out jeans in black Р£50

TOPMAN Black washed skinny jeans with rips Р£45

TOPMAN Black blow out jeans with knee rips Р£45

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River Island Distressed jeans in black Р£32

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

ZARA Ripped skinny jeans in washed out grey Р£39.99


Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

Fashion Tips: The Best Christmas Jumpers Guide For 2014

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O Come All Ye Faithful, Fashionable And Triumphant! It’s that time of year again, Christmas time! A time for presents, a time for mince pies, stuffing your face with Turkey, and all the trimmings that come with one amazing Christmas. One thing you can’t forget is your Christmas Jumper. In recent years the Christmas jumper has been reborn; Long gone are the days when they’re thought of as that ugly, itchy knitted jumper you’d get for Christmas…They are trendy and in style, and these days there are so many different fun and novelty styles to choose from, you can’t just get one, you need a couple! So for the festive Christmas fashion tips, I have found some of the best Christmas jumpers out there to buy.

I do love a good Christmas knit, it’s one of those things where you can really go to town and be over the top, much like the festive period itself. Whether you’re planning on wearing it once on Christmas Day while eating your lunch watching Top Of The Pops, or getting a couple for the Xmas nights out and office parties.

I have a couple, and my favourite is the one pictured above. It’s a Christmas tree, but it has it’s own party trick…Lights! ūüėÄ It has LEDs which light up, so it looks amazing in the dark or a darkish room. It instantly grabs your attention, and is so cheesy, the ideal Christmas jumper. The LEDs work at the flick of a switch, which is concealed within the jumper, but easily accessible so you can change the batteries.

If you want to be in fashion for the festive period then now is the time to get yourself one of these for Christmas. It’s became so popular there is even an official day, this year it’s Friday 12th December 2014 is Christmas Jumper Day, where you’re encouraged to don your favourite knit in aid of Save The Children.

If you need a guide and tips on what’s out there at the moment, and want to sort your fair isle from your funny graphics, acrylics to your wools then here are a couple of my favourites I’ve found, as well as a couple which I own.

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