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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 – £45

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with knee rips – £21

ASOS Skinny jeans in white with extreme rips – £35

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Religion Noize cut out jeans in black – £50

TOPMAN Black washed skinny jeans with rips – £45

TOPMAN Black blow out jeans with knee rips – £45

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River Island Distressed jeans in black – £32

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

ZARA Ripped skinny jeans in washed out grey – £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! 😀 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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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.

Check out some of the pics from the event below…

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Sunday, 18th May, 2014

This Week’s Fashion Picks: 18th May – Michael 84:Edit

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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.


Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Fashion Advice – Spring Knitwear For Men

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

spring cardigans 1H&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.

sping cardigans 2014River 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.

Final Word

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.


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.

Check out more of my men’s fashion tips for this coming season here.


Monday, 1st July, 2013

Topman Mid Season Summer 2013 Sale: Michael84 Edit

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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.

  • MTV Printed Sweatshirt – £12
  • Blue Tie Dye T-Shirt – £10
  • Forever Summer Sinstar T-Shirt – £24
  • Stone Tie Dye Shorts – £15
  • Black Dip Dye Sweatshirt – £10
  • Blue Slim Suit Jacket – £40
  • New Love Club Backshot T-Shirt – £12
  • Yellow Anchor Bracelet – £1.50

What are your favourites?

You can shop at the Topman Sale here.


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