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Fashion Trends: Coloured Denim And Chinos For Summer 2014

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

Monkee Jeans - Coloured Denim for Summer 2014

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


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.

Back To School Fashion Tips 2013 – Knits, Cardigans & Jumpers

Wednesday, 11th September, 2013

Back to school and it’s autumn. One of my favourite things to buy and wear these days are knits. Whether it be cardigans, pull overs, chunky knits, jumpers or whatever, I really do love them and like to mix them up with shirts, tees and jackets.

One of the great things about them are the amount of different colours and styles which are available. A lightweight knit along with a shirt will transform your look into something really casual to something very smart and preppy.


  • Armani Jeans wool crewneck – £165
  • Thomas Pink V-Neck 100% merino wool – £89
  • Gant V-Neck 100% lambswool – £85


  • Ted Baker Cardigan – £89
  • Barbour Knit – £100
  • Selected Homme – £45


  • He By Mango V-Neck Knit – £45.99
  • John Smedley Cardigan – £80
  • Joules V-Neck Knit – £45

Round Neck/Crew Neck Collar

These are perfect to buy if you want to wear a t-shirt underneath, or even nothing under your jumper. They can always be worn with a shirt under, but you will not expose much of the shirt, usually only the top part of the collar so if you are looking to layer this may not be the choice of knit to wear.

V-Neck and Cardigans

V-Necks are obviously opened at the neck, which means you really need to wear something under it. This is where a great shirt can make the outfit. Making sure the colours of the jumper and shirt go together is the key to creating a really great look. Don’t be afraid to wear a patterned shirt if it suits the knit well. Contemporary Checks and strips can go well with a plainer looking knit. The same can be said for cardigans, as they are very versatile you can wear them open or buttoned down, make sure your shirt suits the colours of the cardigan well.

Mix up your colours

The autumn brings out the dark nights, but your fashion does not need to follow this trend. Most brands and labels have a huge colour palette when it comes to knits, which can brighten up your wardrobe. Get yourself something neutral such as a black, blue or grey knit, these are real staples and can be worn with the vast majority of things you’ll already have in your wardrobe. But don’t be afraid to go to town on the colours, going bolder with reds, yellows, greens and even pink.

Got Some New T-Shirts From France Today

Tuesday, 20th August, 2013



Hey blog 🙂

I like getting new brands, and I like streetwear, but one of the bad things is that lots of brands and labels are done to death in the UK. Streetwear is popular and only getting more and more popular, with brands like Stussy, Sinstar, Supreme and so on. Ice Cream and Billionaire Boys Club is now being sold everywhere, and Evisu is not what it once was. So where does that leave you if you want something cool but original?

There are a huge number of independent small labels for one, another is to shop for cool clothing in unusual places. I have been listening to lots of French Hip Hop, people like Soprano and Youssoupha and have been trying to get my hands on a Youssoupha tee for a while. I found a French store selling them who delivered to the UK so I bought one, and another t-shirt from a label called The New Designers.


The Youssoupha design is cool and is now quite old, but was not easily available back when the song “On Se Connait was released. I have been waiting to get this so I am happy I eventually got it 😀


The New Designers shirt features really soft to touch cotton, and has a couple of great details. First the sleeves are leopard, but not just print, these has a faux fur feel to it, and have been stitched to the t-shirt which adds an individual look.


It also comes with a zip to the side of the shirt, something I have actually seen before on some independent streetwear labels, but never bought one. It seems to have been finished well, and is a clean design with no huge print or logos.


All the way from France 😀

Red Denim Jeans From !Solid

Sunday, 14th April, 2013


I bought a really nice rust red denim jacket from !Solid which I have blogged about before, and I got some coloured denim for this spring too, these red jeans from !Solid.

I got these pair from the ASOS sale, they were such a great bargain so I had to pick them up. Reduced from £50 to £15! They still have some in stock if you wish to get some for yourself, and they have a nice green colour ready for this spring too for £15 as well. These are my 2nd pair of red jeans, after I bought several pairs of coloured denim earlier this year ready for the summer.

They have features such as a slight vintage fade type of wash and some distress markings giving them a unique feel. They are quite lightweight and seem to be perfect for the summer; Sometimes denim can feel quite hot and sticky, but I don’t think these will feel like that.

Rust Red Denim Jacket From !Solid

Saturday, 13th April, 2013


I have had my eye on this jacket for a while, and decided I would get it for this summer/spring. I like different colours and styles for the spring and summer, and this is a nice colour for this season, which will go well with a number of things.

Last year I bought a light grey wash denim jacket from All Saints, and I like that very much. It is good quality and build, and will last a long time. This has the same feel, and is a short cropped style with chunky buttons which just feel like great quality. The brand is called !Solid, and is a contemporary brand from Denmark.

They do this in a bright blue colour too, which looks really nice, but I wanted something different for my wardrobe, and a smart style jacket in this colour is certainly not something I have had in my wardrobe.

It can be combined with a large number of coloured shirts or tees, depending on the look you are going for. If you prefer to keep it toned down then wear it with a pale blue, white or black colour, which will make this kind of jacket a bit more understated.