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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.


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.


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

 


Monday, 3rd December, 2012

Christmas Jumpers For Men Tips This Festive Season

It’s not something which can be worn all year round, but it’s something which you should have one of in your wardrobe, I am talking about the traditional Christmas jumper.

For a while they had been seen as some sort of novelty and a joke, an unwanted gift from your nana, but really they are just something fun to wear for the festive period. For this winter trend, I have done a round up from some of the online stores retailing some really nice and traditional knits and jumpers.

Christmas Jumper Guide

UPDATE Check out The Best Christmas Jumpers for 2016 here.

UPDATE – Check out The Best Christmas Jumpers 2015 for men here.

Check out the best Christmas Jumpers for 2014, packed with the best festive and novelty Christmas Jumpers and knits.

From ASOS

  • Green snowflake jumper by ASOS – £30
  • White and Red Xmas jumper – £38
  • Red and cream knit – £30

From TopMan

  • Navy Reindeer Jumper – £38
  • Red/White Stag Jumper – £38
  • Burgundy Wolves Jumper – £30

Urban Outfitters

  • Navy Fair Isle Sweater – £60
  • Pattern Vintage Renewal Christmas Sweater – £55
  • Grey Fair Isle Sweater – £60

From Next

Next Christmas Jumpers – £25 each. Featuring Christmas Pudding, Tree, Snowman and Reindeer.

From River Island

 

  • Reindeer Jumper – £38
  • Blue multi graphic Knit – £38
  • Cream/Navy Knit – £38

 From Very

  • Gant Reindeer Jumper – £135
  • Goodsouls Reindeer all over print Jumper – £30
  • Goodsouls Reindeer Jumper – £30

 From House Of Fraser

 

  • Gant snowflake Jumper – £100
  • J. Lindeberg navy Knit – £92
  • Tommy Hilfiger Knit – £76

Tuesday, 29th June, 2010

Did you have a good weekend?

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Hello blog readers! 🙂

How was your weekend? I know its Tuesday but never really wrote about it, since i was tired 😛

I was out in Newcastle on Saturday night, I watched the Ghana – USA game, it was quite good. I saw the first goal in the house, the penalty in Union Rooms Bar, and the extra time goal in The Centurian Bar. Was really good, everyone was booing the USA goal, and going crazy when Ghana scored :mrgreen:

Went clubbing in Mood, i cant believe how rubbish it is these days! Its sooooo shit! It was really boring, It just feels like a crap place to go, it used to be much better. There was a random group of girls who were taking photos, with an old camera i.e. not digital! Weird!! The girl had the most red lipstick in the world i swear to god! 😉

I have not been blogging much because of the world cup, like i have said. I also been really tired, but i should be blogging more now 🙂

I wore my Drunk Girls Heart Me T-Shirt, which is from Topman.


Friday, 30th April, 2010

ASOS VS Topman: Baseball Jackets

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So i now have 2 baseball jackets, one from ASOS, one from Topman. But which is better, and what are the differences. The ASOS one is Blue, and the Topman one is Red and Blue.

Well…

They both cost the same amount, £40, so this is a fair comparison. The ASOS jacket is far nicer material, both are 100% cotton, but the ASOS one feels thicker and still light, whereas the Topman one feels very rough and ridgid, very hard, and its not good. The inside also feels of less quality, almost like a polyester feel, it really does feel like a cheaper jacket.

The sizing is also different. The ASOS medium is a nice fit, whereas the Topman one is tighter, and not a good fit. I have a medium Topman T Shirt which fits nicely, this jacket does not.

The colours and design of the Topman baseball jacket is nice, and i like it, therefore i will keep it. Its not bad enough to send back, and there is no alternative to buy from a different brand or i would.

Something else which may be worth a mention is where they were made. The ASOS jacket was made in Turkey, where lots of better quality clothing comes from (as opposed to further east) and the Topman one is from…You guessed it, China! This is strange since the Topman T Shirt i have was made in Turkey.

So my opinion is the ASOS one is better quality, and if they did a better selection of colours i would have bought another one of them instead of the Topman one.