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Tuesday, 10th October, 2017

Men’s Fashion Tips – Knitwear And Jumpers Guide For Autumn/Winter

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Introduction

Autumn is here and Winter is here, so that can only mean layering and getting some knitwear and jumpers for the upcoming season. I love knitwear and jumpers, there is a huge variety of styles, colours, patterns and fabrics to buy, and you can create a great deal of different looks, depending on the style you would like to go for. I will showcase 10 of the biggest brands and fashion labels, from the more modest and budget friendly end of the high street, to some higher end brands and fabrics. You’ll find  some advice and tips on what to look out for when choosing your knits for this autumn and winter.

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Monday, 9th January, 2017

Current Men’s Trends: The Camel Overcoat

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Men's Fashion Trends - The Camel Overcoat

To be perfectly honest I was never a fan of the overcoat. There’s always been the need and love for a good Winter coat, denim jackets and bombers are always good for milder weather, and I finally joined the suede and leather crew a couple of years ago when I started buying those jackets and coats too. It didn’t feel like an overcoat had much of a place in my wardrobe, but as my style has evolved, and as I’ve learned more and more, and appreciated fashion more and more, I’ve finally started to get on board with the overcoat.

Camel Is The Colour

This season there’s been a huge influx of camel overcoats, it feels like more than usual, and so many people, including myself, is getting on board with this trend. Camel is of course, nothing new, and is a colour which is pretty much timeless, and can be found in all seasons of clothing; From camel linen suits and chinos in the Spring and Summer, to bombers in Autumn and of course the overcoat and peacoats in Winter.

The camel colour, unsparingly, comes from the colour of the hair of the humble camel. It’s a close colour to brown, and other similar shades are things such as sand, tan, beige, coffee, and khaki to name a few.

What Is An Overcoat?

I’ve touched on a couple of points below, but what is an overcoat anyway? Well it’s as it sounds, a coat that goes over your clothing. It really is that simple. Layering is something which guys can do with fashion in the Autumn and Winter, and an overcoat is the last layer which you can put on. If you want to layer up a knit or jumper, you can use the overcoat as your outerwear layer. If you’re looking to look smart in a suit but the weather is sub zero, an overcoat is perfect to layer over then take off once you’re inside.

Overcoats can be double breasted or single breast, but personally I prefer a single breast jacket. They come with a button closure, usually three or four, with straight or diagonal pockets which can be flap, a chest pocket, with buttons on the cuff and vent to the back. The length is no shorter than mid-length, and no longer than knee length.

Overcoat Or Peacoat?

Pea coats and overcoats are different, but sometimes can be categorised as the same, as they can share similar features, usually that they’re made from wool and are both pretty thick, heavy pieces usually with three or four buttons. The main differences are that a peacoat is double breasted, and is shorter, usually thigh length, whereas an overcoat is longer, usually mid length to knee length and can be single or double breasted.

What To Wear With A Camel Coat

Since camel is a neutral colour, lights and darks work well with a camel overcoat. That means whether you’re wearing black or white, navy or grey, the colours will work well with camel. When it comes to other colours, most will work fine, occasionally brighter, bolder colours may work, but are usually avoided as they’re not much of a Winter trend, and since the overcoat is a Wintery trend they’re not usually seen together.

You can wear this casually with a sweatshirt, layer over your favourite jumper and shirt combo, or wear over your suit if you’re going for the smart look. A favourite look for the season is a roll-neck knit, they work well in all colours, with hues of grey being a favourite, and black being sleek, with the lighter camel coat keeping the whole look light, warm and understated. An overcoat is designed to go over any clothing, whether it’s smart, smart casual or even something as casual as a hoodie, and it will smarten up the more casual pieces, or add to a smarter look.

Related: Knitwear Guide For Autumn/Winter

The Best Camel Coats For 2017

Here’s the best camel overcoats for 2017, from budget options to more expensive and designer brands, there’s an option for whatever your budget.

Budget Camel Coats

Overcoats From H&M

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H&M Blended Wool Coat – £80 – here

H&M Cashmere-Wool Blend – £120 – here

H&M Wool Blend Dark Camel – £120 – here

Overcoats From Zara

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Zara Camel Overcoat – £100 – here

Zara Camel Coat – £120 – here

Zara Overcoat in dark Camel – £120 – here

High Street Camel Overcoats

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Peter Werth Overcoat – £174 – here

Farah Askern Wool Coat – £170 – here

Corsivo Quintino Overcoat – £180 – here

Crombie Overcoats

The Crombie

I have to mention one of the most quintessentially British brands so synonymous with the overcoat that many people call them all Crombies. There’s only one Crombie, and it’s a brand, rather than the style of coat and has been around since 1805 when John Crobie started producing luxury overcoats which are still available today. Here’s two in camel, and a bonus one in brown.

Wool And Cashmere Crombie – £995 – here

Pure Wool Camel Coat – £895 – here

Herringbone Retro Brown Crombie – £895 – here 

Verdict

The Camel overcoat is a timeless trend which is worth the investment. Having said that, it really is an Autumn/Winter trend, so you’ll only get limited uses and wears from the coat, and will probably mix it up with your proper winter coat. When you’re going for a smart look and it’s sub zero temperatures outside, it’s a great piece of clothing to pull out of you wardrobe, and with budget options available, there’s no reason not to get yourself one of these. Check out more men’s fashion trends over on the blog, and let me know what you think of this style.


Monday, 21st November, 2016

What To Wear To Your Office Christmas Party – Men

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Party season is upon us, and there’s no doubt that you’ll be going to an office party or two over the festive period. Dressing the part and knowing what to wear can sometimes be a tricky issue, should you go super formal or super casual, or somewhere in-between? Here’s some tips and advice along with some inspiration to get you going on deciding what to wear at your office party.

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Friday, 16th October, 2015

Men’s Style Tips – Fashion Friday Edit: No.8

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Happy Fashion Friday to you all 🙂 The weekend is upon us, so if you’re looking for some men’s fashion advice for what to buy this weekend, or pieces to invest in going forward, you should check out this week’s fashion edit.

Calvin Klein Shirt – £70

Nike Air Max 95 Exclusive At JD Sports – £115

ASOS Bomber Jacket 2 Pack – £34

Ted Baker Swanley Socks – 3 Pack – £22

Zara Suede Jacket – £99

Hugo Boss Colasso Coat – £380

Superdry Jacket – £75

Ralph Lauren Trainers – £95

First up is this dark chambray shirt from Calvin Klein. I just love the colour and the washed out look of it. It’s a slim fit, and this combined with the dark colour will keep you looking sleek.

Next is this pair of trainers which are Nike Air Max 95. I really love Air Max 95, they are old school and super comfortable, you can really feel the difference when you’re walking on a cushion of air which covers the key points of the foot. This colourway is really nice, a combinations of different blues creating a striping effect on the backdrop of the white trainers. These are exclusive to JD Sports, with all the legendary elements which has made the Air Max 95 an all time classic from Nike.

What’s better than having one light bomber in your wardrobe? Having two! You’ve probably seen 2 packs of T-Shirts, and 2 packs of other clothing, but a 2-pack in jackets? It’s not something you see every day. ASOS are doing a 2-pack of a bomber jacket which is constructed in light sweatshirt material which is super soft to touch. They come in a grey and black colour, suitable for wearing in mild temperatures with a tee, or wear with a bigger coat when the temperatures dip a bit lower.

Ted Baker do some really nice socks, and this 3-pack of socks is one of them. You don’t have to buy them as a gift for someone else, get them for yourself. They’re made from organic cotton, and at £22 for a 3 pack, they are a good deal.

The Autumn/Winter season is the prime time for a suede jacket, and Zara have a few which are on trend right now. I’ve picked out this one in navy blue. Bomber length with collar detail, zips on the sleeves and a zip-up opening, you should consider this if you’re looking to get into suede jackets this season.

This week has reminded me that Winter is coming, and so you may be on the look out for a winter coat. This is called the Colasso from Hugo Boss, and it looks like it will stand up to the cold very well. With a zip through opening and chunky buttons to the front, the design is smart and minimal, which means you’ll always be looking smart while staying warm too. It’s £380, but it will always be stylish for many winters to come.

If you’re looking for a jacket which will keep you dry and is lighter and more competitively priced, the Arctic Windcheater from Superdry is a worthy contender. For only £75 you get a whole lot of jacket, it’s waterproof and is fleece lined, with a selection of really colourful interiors to suit your personal style.

Last up are some smart trainers which I would say look more like casual shoes, the Odle from Ralph Lauren. They come in either black or dark tan, which is the colour I have selected here. The uppers are made from Nubuck leather, with a rubber sole and leather lining.

I hope you’ve had a great week, and you’ve enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday. As always you can send me tips on Twitter at @Michael84Blog, you can check out last week’s Fashion Friday here.


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


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.