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Topshop and Topmanlaunched 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.
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.
The usual outfit for your standard guy in the summer could be a boring pattern short sleeve shirt, along with a drab pair of mid-blue jeans. That’s the kind of style I have been seeing from some not so stylish guys this summer, as the sun comes out, their standard go-to short sleeve shirt comes out. But what if you want to add some proper flair and colour to your summer look? A Hawaiian shirt could be the answer. They are not so loud if you follow a couple of rules:
Short sleeves over long – Long sleeves with a full on Hawaiian print is just too much. Keep them sleeves short, and rolled up sleeves (or rolled-up effect) will keep it looking casual
Open up shirt, Plain tee under – To keep with an ultra casual look, and to tone down the tropical print, go for a plain tee and wear the shirt unbuttoned. The contrasting pattern with a plain tee tones it right down. White is always a good colour.
Homer Simpson said, “There’s only two kinds of guys who wear Hawaiian shirts: gay guys and big fat party animals”. Choose which you are, I choose party animal, you won’t DJ like Fatboy Slim, but you can look as crazy-cool as him!
Hawaiian Shirts On A Budget
You can get some groovy style shirts for cheap! If you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend a lot on something you may only wear a handful of times, George @ ASDA actually has a couple of shirts which are decent looking, and will not hurt your pocket. Starting at only a fiver, or my pick from this range is still dirt cheap at only £8! Find yours here.
Topman’s Hawaiian Shirt Offerings
Topmanhave a small selection of Hawaiian printed shirts, from a big range of prices, starting at around £28 you can have some great patterned shirts, as well as more expensive ones such as the middle offering, which is from Makahiki and runs at £55. Check out these shirts here. They also stock KarmaKula, a brand which has a huge number of Hawaiian shirts, far too many to showcase here, you can check them out here though.
Hawaiian Shirts At ASOS
ASOShave my favourite shirt, and in fact favourite look for a Hawaiian shirt. The first one, which is from Jack & Jonesis a really cool design. It’s actually not too loud, and the colour combinations are really smart. Rolled-up sleeves keep it casual, as does wearing it open with a clean cut, plain white T-shirt, and some rolled up jeans and black trainers. This comes in at £30. The middle shirt is by Levis and is on sale at £22, with the last green/blue printed shirt is from Reclaimed Vintage and costs £40. Check out these here.
There’s not long of the summer left, so I hope I have convinced you to get one of these now, or think about this pretty much timeless style for next summer.
Summer is here and it got me thinking about a few pieces for this week’s fashion edit. I have came across some brand new items which I love, and some essential picks for your summer wardrobe.
The Topman tartan T-shirt is a longer length, oversized fit which will see you looking good this summer. If you like the baggy look, try out this print for only £20. Grab it here.
Basic tees are an essential, and H&M have re-stocked their stretch tops in a variety of summer colours and the classics black and white. You can pair them with inexpensive twill trousers, which are available in light colours, or get some chino shorts, also available in a variety of colours. Shop for your look at H&M here.
A linen shirt will have you looking casual as well as smart, roll up those sleeves for the summer, wear the shirt open with a basic top under and create a great summer look. You can pick up this shirt for £46 from He By Mango here.
The World Cup is less than a month away, and is such a great worldwide event, even if you’re not the biggest football fan. Get in the spirit with an Adidas Originals t-shirt, the hosts are Brazil and you can get this map outline with Adidas print for £22 here.
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.
For the Summer 2014, Topmanare 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.
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.
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.
Hype is about all over prints, and bold statements. Large logos, all over floral prints fresh out of the UK.
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.
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.
Part 2 of the mid season summer 2013 sales special is here. If you are looking for some shorts this summer, you can find my ASOS Summer 2013 sale shorts edition here. Topman is also having a sale at the moment, with up to 70% off items, and have over 1,000 fashion items in their sale. This is the Michael84 edit, where I have picked out some pieces which I like, including t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, jackets and accessories.
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.
Red & white dip dye t-shirt by Worn By, with printed pattern throughout the tee. £32 at ASOS
Blues to white dip dye t-shirt from United Colours Of Benetton. £23
Blues and white dip dye jumper from Gant. This is such a beautiful piece, probably my favourite from this little selection. £100
Dip Dye hoodie by ASOS. Blue to green colour, not the greatest colours to blend, but does not look too bad. £28
Indigo tie dye shirt from TopMan. Oversized fit, £34
Hype tie dye socks. Yes! Even socks have got the tie dye treatment. Hype logo from TopMan. £10/pair
Billionaire Boys Club dip dye denim. Look amazing and be different with these. £215 each
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