New year, new pants – that’s how the old
saying doesn’t go. Everyone harks on about essentials, but I don’t think enough
time is spent harking on about our most needed essential: The humble boxer (If
you’re wearing pants or Y-fronts, then leave now. Close the door behind you).
Seeing as we’re in the second month of 2008, it’s more than likely that you’ll
have some underwear that should have been thrown out a long time ago.
The thing with Topman is that it’s too
popular for its own good. Buy a jacket from the Oxford Circus branch and you’ll
have passed five people wearing the same jacket before you get to the tube
station. The Topman design branch aims
to redress this problem by issuing much smaller quantities of pieces.
So you want to jump on the purple trend.
Good choice. The only thing is, you don’t want to spend too
much on an item you could fall out of love with in a couple of months. While
most sales at this point only have neon green drainpipes left, House of
Fraser’s online store has this purple
V-neck from Linea.
The time has come for the return of the eccentric dresser. But before you all stop reading this, firm in the belief that I have finally cracked, I promise that I am not subliminally feeding you pages from ‘An Idiot’s Guide to … being an idiot’ but instead providing you with an outfit that will allow you to get freaky without the raised eyebrows- more crinkled blazer than straight-jacket.
Are you a fan of killing two birds with one
stone? In a figurative sense of course, we don’t condone bird-murdering on
Brandish. One True Saxon‘s
spring/summer range has popped up online and they’ve made a travel brochure
that features a city soundtrack, bars, restaurants, clubs and places to start a
fight before yelling ‘Leave it Dave, He’s not worth it!’. Maybe not that last
The thing about brands is that different
people have different relationships with them. For people like the fabulous Henry Conway,
Ralph Lauren polo shirts might conjure up images of days out at Ascot, Croquet
and Daddy embezzling money from the government (Ba-doom-chish!). I just think
of Chavs, or as they were called back in my day, Essex boys. Without giving you
my life story – I’m saving that for another post – when I was at secondary
school, fake Ralph Lauren polo shirts were all the rage. In those days, you
spotted a fake by looking at the number of legs on the horse of the logo. Fakes
had 3 or less, real ones had 4. This led to a horse-logo-checking habit that’s
stayed with me to this day.
This has been a week for breaking promises.
We’ve broken our cardigan promise and our Topman promise (I’m not sure we made
one, but stay with me here) and now I’m about to break our winter coat promise.
What can I say? As Blue (featuring Elton John) would say, Sorry is the hardest
word to say.
There’s never been a better time to get
high end clothing. With all the high street stores being raided on the first
few days of their sales, high end stores don’t sell nearly as much. Around this
time, most stores are forced to sell their clothes at the price they got them
for. Which why Matches are selling this Marc
Jacobs cable knit cardigan for the relatively low price of £175.