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Throwback Thursday – 90’s Fashion – Kappa

Thursday, 27th August, 2015

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Happy Throwback Thursday! 😀

Back in the mid 90’s fashion was all about sportswear, I was a teenager and lived in the stuff. The brand which was one of the most coveted was Kappa. They made football shirts for huge European teams such as Juventus and Barcelona, and general sportswear too. Everyone was into Kappa, and it was pretty expensive for clothing when we were teens back in the mid 90’s. I remember owning a few pieces, a tracksuit being one, as well as a zipped sweatshirt being fond memories.

I heard that Kappa were making a comeback, and were selling some of their old retro style tracksuits, as well as bringing back the brand for the new generation. I actually got the tracksuit last year, and did a small feature about it on the blog. Here I am styling it with some other 90’s and retro greats; Converse Chuck Taylor trainers, and the equally iconic Adidas Originals T Shirt. The tracksuit I previously owned as a teen was almost the same, but had the red background track pattern down the sleeves of the jacket and sides of the trousers. Still, this navy and white version was an absolute classic, and brings back a lot of good memories.

90s trends and fashion are back, and I love 90’s nostalgia whether that’s fashion or pop culture, and Kappa was a bit of both. It is of course not for everyone, and probably cringe-worthy for those who think they are into high fashion because they’ve once bought something from [insert designer name here], but it brings back memories of a great era that’s what it’s all about 🙂

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Summer Fashion Tips – Ripped Jeans For Men

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2015

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


Men’s Fashion Trends In 2015 – Cricket Jumpers

Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

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I’ve written about this fashion trend before, but I thought since it was 2015 I would give it a bit of a reboot. I am talking about cricket jumpers in fashion. I really like this and have done for a number of years. They work well in the cooler months of the Spring and Autumn, and since we’re right in Spring with crisp weather, there’s no better time to talk about them.

What Makes A Cricket Jumper

So you my be thinking, what makes a cricket jumper, a cricket jumper? The traditional look of a cricket jumper should be a cream V-Neck jumper, made from wool in a cable knit style, with contrasting stripes on the V-Neck. If you want to go the traditional and premium root, these are the key things to look for. There are some cheaper alternatives out there, these are usually made from a mix of fabrics or are 100% acrylic. These are perfect for those who don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on this trend, so if you want to dip in and out of it then it’s probably a better idea not to spend too much, this is not really a staple or investment piece. Cricket is of course a summer sport, but you probably don’t want to be wearing one of these out in the summer, it gets quite warm and these are thick, not to mention look their best with layering which I will get on to, so you’ll be far too hot in one of these in the summer.

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What To Wear With Your Cricket Knit

So you know what a cricket jumper is, but how do you style it, and what do you wear with it? All V-Neck jumpers look their best with layering, and a cricket jumper is no different. A clean white shirt is the perfect choice to make when looking for what to wear with the knit. The cream colour of the knit and bright white of the shirt will create a very light, spring look for your outfit, and all you have to do now is select the lower half of your outfit.

For bottoms I would recommend chinos or light coloured jeans. This could be light greys, yellows, white or even brown. You want quite a toned down palette, you’re not looking for bright poppy colours, but more of a pastel kind of tone.

How I style My Cricket Jumpers

Here are a few images of how I have styled my cricket jumpers and created looks. Hopefully this should inspire you 🙂

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In these pictures I have styled the cricket jumper with a classic indigo wash pair of jeans and a white shirt. The second picture I have teamed the look with a leather jacket.

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In the first picture I have layered the cricket jumper with a white shirt and a suede jacket, along with classic blue jeans. The second picture I have teamed the cricket knit with some rust brown jeans and a red micro-check shirt. The cricket jumper featured in all these images is from DR Denim.


Fashion Tips: The Best Christmas Jumpers Guide For 2014

Tuesday, 18th November, 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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Fashion Trends: Coloured Denim And Chinos For Summer 2014

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

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I have so much denim in Indigo and dark colours, and I love it. Darker denim is great because it goes with almost anything, it’s always stylish and you can wear it as a casual thing, or even a more smart approach when putting together a look. However sometimes it can get a bit boring, wearing the same old colour all the time, and the summer is a great season to wear different colours, and brighten up your look.

Wearing coloured denim jeans or chinos can certainly liven and brighten up your look. You can take a boring black or white t-shirt and with only a pair of coloured chinos you’ve created a more interesting look. It does not have to be bold and bright, you can get plenty of neutral or pastel colours, which will create a more toned down look, but still bright and colourful.

If you are not a huge fan of colour but want to add a little, I would recommend getting some high street labels or brands, so not to waste your money. You may only wear the colour a couple of times, so if you don’t think you’re going to be wearing colour a lot or for a long time, it will be better for your wallet. Not only that, you can get 3 or 4 colours at high street prices, and create a range of looks and outfits with these colours, rather than buying 1 pair with a limited number of outfits. Brands to try could be ASOS, Topman, H&M or River Island.

I found out one of my favourite high street jean companies were having a sale, and thought it would be the best opportunity to get in some coloured denim. Monkee Genes are a really great brand of denim and chinos. They have a policy of creating ethical fashion, I really love their ethos. They values are “No Blood, No Sweat, No Tears” and their stuff is made in Turkey, a hot bed of ethical manufacturing and are made from Organic cotton. They have a really fashionable fit too, most being a skinny fit (they do a supa skinny too, which is too skinny for me!). Their jeans are super soft which I love, and contain elastic so have a really nice stretch to the fit. I have been a fan of them for a while, and have had a couple of pair in the past, from classic denim colours to white, and now I have these, a hell of a lot of colours!

The colours I have – Indigo Denim, pale blue, plum, peacock, red, brown, cream, tan, green, white.

Some are chinos, and some are jeans. The white pair here are shorts, they’ll come in perfect if I go abroad in the summer, I got the white Monkee jeans a while back.

As you can see, plenty of options here to create a huge number of looks for this summer 🙂 Coloured denim and chinos is one of my favourite fashion trends, they can turn an otherwise stale look into something vibrant and fun for the warmer months.


Fashion Trends – Checks, Plaid, Flannel, Prints And Buffalo Checks

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

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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.


H&M – AW13 Fashion Trends: The Purple Edit

Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

Purple is an amazing colour in fashion. Violet, lavender, mauve, lights, darks pastels and everything in between, It is a great colour to add to your wardrobe and to incorporate with your outfit. H&M have got some purple fashion pieces in this season, from tees to knits, trousers and shirts there is a piece of clothing which you can get this season which is a shade of purple.

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  • Light purple knit merino wool – £19.99
  • Deep purple slim fit shirt – £19.99
  • Dark purple slim fit shirt – £9.99
  • Purple trousers – £14.99
  • Purple grandad shirt  – £7.99
  • Purple V-Neck Tee – £4.99

What to wear with purple – Lookbook Inspiration

Purple is quite a diverse colour, and depending on the shade you go for will depend on what you want to team it with. Using a contrasting colour is a great idea, and you can even contrast differing purples to create a simple but stylish look. The deep purple shirt will go well with the lighter purple knit, a light grey knit will work for a toned down look but still keep the colour. Black and white are of course the obvious choice when wanting to pair something with a colour, but yellows or greens will also work with purple; Using bright bold colours is not a complete no-no, but this will create a more striking look. For something more toned down, use a combination of pastel colours with bold to complement your outfit.

Here is some inspiration for you.

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Christmas Jumpers For 2013 Festivities Part 1

Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

Christmas is coming round fast, and if there is one thing you need to get yourself it’s a Christmas jumper. Join in the festive spirit and add some Christmas cheer to your wardrobe with a jumper to keep you warm this winter. They are considered by some to be a bit tacky, cheap or novelty, but there is so much fashion or fun you can have with your knitwear this year. You have to be quick, because once they are gone, they are usually gone! Don’t hesitate in getting your favourite jumper for this season.

Here are a few of my early favourites, part 1 of some Christmas jumpers, from some expensive designer brands, to more cheaper high street labels which still look great to wear on your Christmas party or night out.