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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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Monday, 12th June, 2017

Men’s Denim Jacket Style Guide & Tips

Men's Denim Jacket Guide For Summer

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

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

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

Are you ready? Let’s Go!

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Friday, 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! 🙁 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’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 🙂


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 😉

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 🙂

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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


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.

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