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Men's Fashion Trends 2019

Read the latest trends for the upcoming season, making sure you always look stylish. Keep on top of what's popular in menswear, including camel overcoats, 90's trends and everything you need to know.

Mens Fashion Trends: Hawaiian Shirts For The Summer

Monday, 7th August, 2017

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Aloha!

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.

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Men’s Fashion Trends 2017: Pink For Spring

Friday, 24th March, 2017

Pink Sweatshirt For Men

Spring has arrived, and with it, it’s brought a new fashion trend. Several weeks ago I read that the pantone colour of the year 2017 was green, specifically a green they call Greenery, which is quite a dirty, mid-to-light green, quite a solid colour. There’s been lots of fashion produced in this colour for this season too, as well as other shades of green, signalling it could be big for Spring, but for me, it’s not. The big trend for Spring, at least the first half, is pink!

Specifically a light or pale pink. I’ve seen a couple of pieces of clothing and fashion in this colour, I already own a few bits and pieces too, and I love it. A really deep or bold pink can be hard to wear and difficult to pull off, with the colour being seen as a feminine option usually. Pale shades are synonymous with Springtime, with grey, white, beige, red, blue, green and yellow all being worn, you can add pink to that list too.

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Today’s Style – Camel Overcoat With Black Knit

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

Doing The Camel Overcoat Trend

Coat – ASOS | Jeans – Armani Black | Cashmere Black Knit | Kurt Geiger Brogues | Barbour Scarf

You should know about one of the biggest trends of the Winter if you’ve been reading my blog, it is of course the Camel Overcoat Trend, and I decided it’s one which I cannot let pass by, so I got myself a coat!

It’s actually a long story, I had my eye on a Jaeger coat for a while, it was finally in the sale just before Christmas, I ordered it and was excited for it to come…Then on the delivery day Jaeger decided to email me and let me know that actually they had no stock and could not deliver it. I was disappointed, and then it got worse; They mysteriously go the jacket back in stock in my size, however it was now at full price! Hmmm…

Anyway my search went on, and although these camel overcoats look quite similar, there are a few small differences in them, and as you’ll know it’s all in the details. First of all I wanted a placket which had the buttons on show, the Jaeger one actually had a hidden placket but I was going to go ahead with that one as it was good in other ways. Secondly I wanted it to be camel colour (obviously!) and also have pockets which were vertical and not slanted; I prefer these on trousers too so that nothing falls out. I wanted a bit of a lapel collar, and a chest pocket would be great too. I wanted mostly wool composition, which usually signifies better quality, single breasted and a vented back. I finally found one which I loved at ASOS, and so I got it!

I think the fit is good which is always important, and it’s definitely something which I’ll be wearing throughout the Winter as a Winter coat when I need a more smart option as opposed to my Canada Goose.

I styled the coat with an all black outfit which included a black cashmere knit and black Armani jeans, along with a pair of brown Kurt Geiger brogues and my scarf is Made In Scotland from Barbour.

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The Camel Overcoat – Men’s Fashion Trend For Autumn & Winter

Monday, 9th January, 2017

Camel Overcoat Fashion Trend - The Best Overcoats For Men This Season

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.

I now love the overcoat, it’s a simple garment made for Autumn and Winter which will keep you warm, looking stylish and can be paired with almost any clothing in your wardrobe.

Let’s take a look at all the characteristics of this piece of fashion, including everything you need to know, and a buyers guide showcasing the best overcoats you can buy this season.

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Suede Jackets For Autumn – This Season’s Trend

Monday, 26th September, 2016

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As you’ll have read in my Spring Suede Jackets guide, I love a good soft leather jacket. They’re not only perfect for Spring, but they’re a great style of jacket to wear in the Autumn too. As you’ll know, suede is a type of leather which has a napped finish, with lamb and goat most commonly used, with calf and even deer also being used. The jackets are usually pretty tough and thick, which means wearing one of these in the Autumn is a really good go to piece, with a lot of styles and colours now available. The enemy of suede is rain and water, although you can get suede protectors which will do a good job if you get caught out in the rain.

As with every piece of clothing, there’s plenty of choice at all different price-points. Typically with leather jackets, a genuine suede jacket will start at around £100, and from there goes upwards to whatever your wallet can afford! Grab a high street label such as Mango or Topman for under £150, premium high street brands such as Reiss or Ted Baker will come in at £200 – £400, and luxury and designer brands like Burberry and Tom Ford will run into the thousands.

A suede jacket can be looked at as a good investment, and should last you plenty of Autumn and mild Winters to come, providing you look after it well enough. They’re timeless, so you don’t have to worry about them going out of style, one to your wardrobe or expanding it with a different colour or style is something to consider.

Here’s over 30 of the best suede jackets for this season, from the high street and luxury brands, there’s something for everyone’s budget.

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Knitted Trainer Trend – Adidas Primeknit And Nike Flyknit

Friday, 5th August, 2016

I have to admit, when I first saw knitted trainers I was thinking that they were ridiculous. I thought they looked pretty horrible, and did not really understand why I’d ever want a pair. That was around 12 months ago, and there were some pretty ugly designs and colours out there which did nothing for the trend. Fast forward to 2016, and they are looking better and better. They’ve been given a couple of names, technical trainers, hi-tech trainers, knitted trainers, one thing is for sure, the big players Nike and Adidas are really going for it with this trend, and have brought out some seriously good trainers lately. The Yeezy Boost 350 cane take some credit when it comes to popularising the knitted trend. It got new colours including the all black, which I think were the best of the collection.

Other than the fact they look different from the traditional leather or suede and interesting, they have some other unique features too. They are designed to be more fitted, like a sock, and are supposed to be very light in comparison to an all purpose leather trainer. They are more breathable and flexible, which is why so many have call them technical footwear.

Adidas And The Primeknit

Adidas call their knitted mesh style the Primeknit. The ZX Flux were a style which I did not like too much, and one of the reasons which put me off this trend. Adidas have now given some of it’s most famous and loved silhouettes, the Stan Smith and Superstar the Primeknit treatment, and I really love this makeover which they’ve had.

Nike Have The Flyknit

Nike call their knitted style the Flyknit. They say it’s ultralight and the upper contours to your foot for a comfortable and supportive fit. Just like Adidas, they have some really ugly models of trainer, but also have remixed some classics and brought out some new trainers for the Flyknit range. The Air Force 1, Air Max 1 and other Air Max varieties are available in the Flyknit style.

Favourite Adidas Primeknit

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Stan Smith Primeknit In Black £80 – here | Stan Smith Primeknit In White £80 – here | Adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit – £95 – here

My favourite from the Adidas range is the all black Primeknit Stan Smith trainers. I’ve always liked all black trainers, and think that they look really smart and sleek.

Favourite Nike Flyknit

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Nike Lunarepic Low Flyknit £130 | Airmax Flyknit £205 | Airmax Mercurial £115

My favourite from the Nike Flyknit range has to be the Airmax Flyknit. At £205, they are very expensive for some trainers, but they look really nice in the grey and dark colours, and are quite toned down in comparison to some other styles in this range.

What do you think about the new knitted trainers trend?


Men’s Spring Trend – Suede Jackets

Friday, 8th April, 2016

Navy Blue Suede Jacket From Jofama

I really love suede jackets as a fashion trend for the Spring, as well as suede for Autumn. In terms of the weather, Autumn and Spring are the perfect seasons for wearing a Spring jacket. It’s not cold enough for a Winter coat, and it’s not quite hot enough for a summer blazer or jacket. The only thing you have to be careful about is rain, suede’s natural enemy, although there are suede protectors on the market which you can get from a variety of places.

Suede is a type of leather with a napped finish, and is made when the top layer of the leather is separated from the bottom, rougher layer, which gives it it’s unique finish. As long as you keep it in good condition it’s fairly durable, and is usually made from goat or lamb.

With the crisp Spring air in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get into the trend of suede jackets, if you haven’t already. As mentioned it’s a trend I like, so over the past few years I’ve got myself a few really nice suede jackets, including a typical camel colour one from Mango, a navy blue from by Jofama, and a black one from indie brand Vanity Vice.

Suede For All – High Street And Luxury

As with it’s brother, the classic leather jacket, suede can be costly, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth. As with most higher end items, sometimes you get what you pay for, having said that, there’s a lot of really nice options out there for a reasonable amount of money. You should look at a suede jacket as an investment piece, providing you get a staple colour and style. On the high street you can expect to pay anything from £100 – £300, and the luxury market is out there on it’s own, where you can easily spend 4 digits on a jacket.

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Colours Of Suede

When you think of suede the first thing that comes to mind in terms of colours is probably camel or beige. If your going for a traditional look, then this is perfect, but what if you are looking for something a little bit different? Not to worry. Suede, just like traditional leather jackets come in an array of different colours, including black, brown, blue, red and just about any other colour you care to imagine.

How To Clean Suede Jackets

A big thing which puts some people off suede is cleaning a suede jacket. Suede is a soft leather which is more vulnerable than other leathers, but is not something which should put you off. There are special suede brushes which you can buy which are relatively inexpensive. You should let the stains/scuffs dry and use the brush on them, and purchase the specialist sprays which are available. You should never use plain old soap and water. Always check the label on the jacket, as not all suede is created the same, and your jacket may have special instructions or give you a recommended guide in how to clean it. If you are in any doubt, you should take it to a local leather specialist cleaner.

Can I Wear My Suede Jacket In The Rain?

Suede and water do not mix well, however all is not lost if you’re out in your jacket and it starts to rain. How well the jacket will stand up will depend on the quality of the suede, and there are some steps you should take after exposing it to rain. First of all, let the jacket dry off naturally at room temperature. This may take some time, even up to 24 hours. Then use a suede eraser or brush to remove the marks, you should start off lightly and apply more pressure if needed. When you have the marks off, use the eraser or lightly damp cloth to work the fabric back to it’s smooth state. As mentioned above, there’s also protector sprays which you can use to treat your jacket just in case you get caught out in the rain.

My Favourite Suede Jackets This Season

Here’s a few of my favourite suede jackets this season, including my current favourites from REISS and Selected Homme, both in a stone colour which I really love.

Men's Suede Jacket Trends From Reiss

REISS Cristo Suede Jacket £375 | REISS Bastian Suede Jacket £325 | REISS Sebastian Tan Suede Jacket £350

Selected Homme Suede Jackets For Spring

Selected Homme Suede Jacket In Stone £200 | Selected Homme Suede & Leather Jacket £200 | Selected Homme Biker Suede Jacket £245

Verdict

Suede is one of my favourite trends of this season, and I recommend joining the suede jacket owners club to add more variant to your look and outfits. Check out more of what’s hot and the latest trends in men’s fashion here.


ASOS Jeans And Tops For March – Spring Fashion

Monday, 14th March, 2016

My Spring Purchases from ASOS - Jeans And Tops

It feels like forever since I bought some clothing! 😉

I have been on a sort of spending/buying ban when it comes to clothing and fashion in recent times. I have so much, and I don’t need any clothes; From jackets to tees, jumpers to jeans, I have pretty much everything I could want or need, and a whole lot more on top of that. But this is fashion, and I guess there’s no such thing as too much, right? 😉

I saw these jeans from ASOS and I thought, they’re amazing! I need these! I have so many jeans, and I’ve experimented with colour quite a bit, incorporating white in my jeans as well as other colours, it really changes up an outfit from my usual black or indigo jean options. I love both of these of course, but it’s always a good idea to experiment a lot. I now have 3 or 4 pair of white jeans, which is a bit of a style don’t, if you’re building something like a capsule wardrobe, there’s no need for so many of the same item (more on that in a bit).

These jeans however, are very different. First of all the fit is a super skinny fit; I will confess…I liked the jeans so much I sort of missed the “super” part of the title and just bought them. They don’t call these super skinny for nothing, they really are skin tight! I will post a proper review of these soon. I love the colour, they are ecru, these photos really don’t do the colour justice. They have distressed patches which sold the jeans for me, it’s something different which I don’t have in my wardrobe.

The tees…If you read my blog last year you’ll know I love nautical trends, and I bought an H&M white nautical tee, as well as a Jaeger navy nautical T-shirt. There’s no need to double up on this style, but I saw these and had to get them. The ASOS tees come in a 2-pack, and for £14.99 you can’t pass on them. I’ve got a few ASOS tees and they’re pretty good quality, definitely good for the money. A good fit, nice feel and horizontal stripes for Spring/Summer, I really love this trend.

Keep a look out on the blog, I’ll be styling these up soon 🙂 If you’re looking for some inspiration on what’s good this season, make sure you’ve read the fashion trends, which goes into further detail.

What do you think of these? Do you have any trends you’re looking forward to exploring this season?

Michael

Close up photo of my ASOS jeans with patches

Jeans and nautical T-shirts from ASOS