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Everything you need to know in the latest style and fashion, presented by Michael 84. Whether you’re looking for some basic fashion advice, what smart casual actaully is, the shoes you must have or are just looking for what to wear with black jeans, you’ll find it all here.


My First Pair Of Premium Shoes – Loake 1880 Aldwych Oxford

Tuesday, 8th January, 2019

Loake 1880 Aldwych Shoe Review

It’s a new year, and for me, that means new shoes. When it comes to shoes I now have quite a collection, and have really got into shoes in recent years. I love all of the shoes I own, they are all from great high street brands and have served me proud. However for this year, I decided to treat myself, and go for something more high end, and went for the Aldwych shoes from the Loake 1880 range.

When it comes to a gentleman’s style, I think there’s a few essentials a guy should have. There’s a good watch, a well-fitted suit, a good winter coat and then there’s a good pair of shoes which you need.

This is my first foray into premium footwear, so I have been looking around for quite a few months. I’ve been soaking in all the information, checking out all the brands, styles and shoemakers out there, and one of the stand out decided on getting a pair of Loake shoes.

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London Fashion Week Men’s January 2019

Friday, 4th January, 2019

London Fashion Week Men's January 2019

London Fashion Week Men’s 2019 kicks off tomorrow, 9th January and runs until Monday 7th January showcasing menswear designers and brand from over 35 countries.

It will all kick of with ART SCHOOL with their first catwalk show on Saturday morning, with a full day of shows and presentations until the evening, and following on Sunday and Monday.

Returning to the schedule with catwalk shows are Alex Mullins, Astrid Andersen, Bobby Abley, Chalayan, E.Tautz, Edward Crutchley, Fashion East, ICEBERG, JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN, Kent & Curwen, Oliver Spencer, Per Götesson, PRIVATE POLICY presented by GQ China, PRONOUNCE, Qasimi, RÆBURN, Sharon Wauchob and Xander Zhou while Band of Outsiders, Barbour, Belstaff, Bethany Williams, Lou Dalton, Michiko Koshino and Wood Wood will host presentations. New to the LFWM schedule this season we welcome C2H4, DANSHAN, DELADA, Feng Chen Wang, JORDANLUCA and Studio ALCH.

This year the hub of LFWM will be at a new location, the Truman Brewery, in the heart of London’s East End.

You can check out the full schedule below, or click here to check it out on the LFWM’s website.

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What’s Going Wrong At ASOS? – Has ASOS Lost It’s Cool Factor?

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018

Has ASOS Lost It's Cool Factor?

ASOS made the mainstream news recently after it issued a profit warning, showing all the offline high street retailers who’ve been moaning for years about how online has an advantage that the web is not immune to having a bad time, but is there more to it than that? There could be, let me explain…

I love ASOS, and have been a customer for getting close to 10 years. For me, it was always the go to shop for clothing; T-shirts, sweatshirts, jumpers, trainers, jeans, everything. In the early days it stocked so many great brands which you couldn’t find in many places, and then developed it’s own in-house affordable brand, which is pretty decent.

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New In My Wardrobe: Grey Roll Neck Jumper From H&M

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

H&M Grey Roll Neck Jumper

I’ve gone and got myself yet another roll neck!

It’s so weird that only a couple of years ago I actually disliked this style of jumper, and just last Winter bought my first one. Now I’ve got at least 5 of them, in a range of different colours. The ones I’ve got are from ASOS and Uniqlo, and when I saw this one from H&M which was on offer, I had to have it.

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The Best Christmas Jumpers This Year

Friday, 7th December, 2018

The Best Christmas Jumpers This Year

It’s that time of the year again, it’s time for Christmas Jumpers!

Whether you love them or hate them, you’ll have an opinion on Christmas Jumpers. I’ve loved them over the past few years, and they’ve really taken off and increased in popularity among most people.

Whether you’re looking to just have one annual Christmas jumper, or you’re building up a collection, there’s plenty of different styles you can get this year. From the traditional patterns to novelty and hilarious festive graphics, as well as the repeat patterns, there will be one which suits you best.

Within the guide there’s jumpers from all price points; From the cheap to high street and expensive. They’re usually made from either wool, acrylic or a mix of fibres, but cotton style sweatshirts are also available too.

You can check out my older guides from Christmas past in the 20172016, 2015 and 2014 guide, but this is all about 2017, and so here’s my guide and tips for this year!

Here’s the best 2018 has to offer for Christmas jumpers.

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Dress Yourself Taller – Style Tips For Short Guide & How To Look Taller

Friday, 23rd November, 2018

Dress Yourself Taller - Style Tips For Short Guys

If you’re not happy with your height and wish you had some extra inches, sadly there’s no magic spell which can help, but you can dress yourself taller, and it really does work. Wearing the right clothing will help enormously in changing how you look. Wearing the wrong things can do nothing for your height, but when you get it right you can easily appear to be taller than you are.

I’m going to give you some tips on how you can present yourself to look taller which are really easy to implement into your life and everyday style.

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What To Wear To A 90’s Party

Friday, 16th November, 2018

What To Wear To A 90's Party - Men's Style Guide

Was there a better decade than the 90’s? I don’t think so! It was a time for fun-loving people, the 1990s had so much going for it, the music, pop culture and of course the fashion. Whether you’re planning on throwing a 90’s party or you’re going to one, you might be thinking what outfit to wear. Luckily the trends of the nineties have made a comeback, and the style is as popular as ever.

There was so much style back in the day, and lots of different outfits which were worn in the decade, it really is up to you what you choose to put on, but there’s a couple of different styles you can go for.

For men, the biggest trends in 90s style were: double denim, bright florescent colours, brands and logos, oversized clothing, tracksuits and sports wear. Of course not all of these were worn at once, it really depended on your own personal preference; Whether you were into rave culture, Brit Pop, Grunge, Rock, Football there was a particular trend which you and your friends would be wearing.

Here’s everything you need to know about 90’s trends, and some 90’s outfit ideas for the party.

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Men’s Style Question: Should Your Belt Match Your Shoes?

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

Should You Match Your Belt With Your Shoes?

This is one of those questions which I’ve been asked a couple of times, and if you ask people or the Internet, you’re likely to get different answers. Some will be strict high class fashion etiquette, and some will be a more informal approach.

Should your belt match your shoes?

The answer is yes, and no. For me, it depends on the colour shoes you’re wearing. You should start with the shoes as a base point, and then match your belt and any other leather accessories to that.

To put it simply, brown shoes with a brown belt, and black shoes with a black belt. The more formal the occasion, the more strict this rule becomes. Wearing a black suit with some black Oxfords will look dapper, but wrapping a tan belt around it will loose you some serious style points.

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