Archive for the ‘Clothing’ Category


Topman bomber jacket

By admin on September 28th, 2007

Military-inspired clothing is now a mainstay in male fashion and that pleases me to no end. Other than giving instant finesse to any shirt or jacket that has been militarised, epaulets, my female colleagues have confided in me, are very alluring to the fairer sex. I guess it’s true what they say about a man in uniform…

In that case, this Topman bomber jacket (£50) should give you sex appeal in spades. Iron a couple of stripes to arm, then pin on a few medals and you should have the women swarming around you. Or they may just think you’re the sort of person who reads "Guns n’ Ammo", and keep their distance. Either way, I still think this is a great jacket.


Cheapy of the day: ASOS Cardigan

By admin on September 27th, 2007

£28 for a great looking 100% thick-knitted cotton cardigan. What more do you really want? Yes, a brand new Porsche Carrera GT would be nice, but show me a man who can get me one of those for £28, and I’ll show you a liar. Or a thief. Either way, I wouldn’t give him £28. I’d buy the cardy instead.

This "battleship" grey, diamond knit would look great with a red plaid or check shirt and a pair of black, slim-fit (but not too skinny) jeans. A hat would be nice too, but I won’t tell you which one.


Abercrombie Mount Washington winter coat

By admin on September 27th, 2007

I know duffel coats, especially duffel coats with fur lined hoods, are meant to be "out" this season, with trench coats replacing them as the in thing. But how are these fashionable surrogates going to keep you warm in a category four blizzard? With their cocky yet sophisticated style? I don’t think so.

The only answer is this Abercrombie Mount Washington Jacket (£298) with faux fur lining which is guaranteed to keep your bits n’ pieces warm this winter. If that’s stretching your budget a bit, Topman have a similar coat for a fraction of the cost, at just £65.

Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities

André 3000 ventures into fashion

By Isabelle on September 27th, 2007

Andre3000Everyone’s favourite vegetarian André 3000 has announced plans for a range of menswear and womenswear to follow shortly after. The Outkast star told WWD that "It will be based on vintage classics with modern twists," and will feature a denim line manufactured from Japanese salvage fabrics.

André is known for his dandyfied dress sense so even if he waters his style down for the masses the collection will still be something to write home about.

Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Always wanted to dress like a socially inept, lazy, surly IT technician? Then look no further…

By admin on September 27th, 2007


Roy’s t-shirts in the IT Crowd have always drawn my affections (even if I think Moss has that ultimate nerd chic) simply because I love geeky nods to pop-culture. What I didn’t realise however, is that there’s a whole community out there attempting to track down what he wears in each episode.

This is easy when its a reference to Pac-Man or Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, but it appears that it can be a daunting job trying to dress like Roy – particularly when he wears seven tees in one episode. T-shirt blog Hide Your Arms hasn’t balked at the task by any means. Author Andy has managed to locate all but two of the totally awesome tees that Roy wears in season 2, episode 5 just so that, you too, can dress like a surly IT technician.

Via [Hide Your Arms]


T-Shirt by Insert Artists Here features snow monster, causes hack to break into an excited sweat

By admin on September 26th, 2007

I love crazy, convoluted tees with masses of colour and surreal images, but sometimes I like to bring my style back to the floor with a more simple design and clean style. This doesn’t mean that I resort to wearing minimalistic shades or plain robes, it’s just occasionally I want to wear an item of clothing that doesn’t blind me or the person checking me out (I’m always getting checked out, I can’t help it).

To know what I’m getting at, just take a peek at the fantastically pure looking design on this Insert Artist Here tee (£35). If a simple line drawing in blood red ink is all that it takes for a t-shirt to look this good, I say bring it on. Especially if it’s got a freakin’ yeti on it.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Steal this Marc Jacob look

By admin on September 26th, 2007


This may be an odd look for winter as it doesn’t
come with a jacket. But you might want to try layering every once in a while,
just so you don’t have to wear the same jacket 7 days in a row.

 Cardigan: Seeing as you won’t have a jacket
on, the cardigan you get will have to be a bit thicker than usual. Uniqlo’s
100% lamb’s wool cardigan
(£25) does a good job at keeping you warm whilst
remaining stylish.

Jumper: Just to make sure you don’t catch pneumonia
looking stylish, you’d best invest in Uniqlo’s
cashmere jumper
available at £60. It looks best when it’s just a shade
lighter than the cardigan.

Trousers: If you’ve been wearing the same
jeans for four days now, then it’s time to stop. It’s just disgusting. These Espirit
trousers (£50)
are stylish enough to bring together this outfit and are a
good alternative to jeans.

Trainers: A plain pair of trainers are the best way to
complete this look and this pair of Adidias Gazelle’s
(£50) are probably the plainest trainer you could find.

Clothing, Jeans & Trousers, knitwear, Top Five

Brandish’s smart winter outfit for under £180

By admin on September 26th, 2007

I know I bang on about winter being the best month for male fashion, simply because we get a broader range of garments and accessories to choose from compared with the rest of the year, but there is a drawback to having all those options – the expense.

Whereas most of the year you can get away with a wallet-friendly outfit consisting of a tee, trousers, jumper and/or a light jacket, winter demands that you splash out on scarves, hats, gloves and a bank-emptying jacket of some description. Life just isn’t fair, is it?

But here at Brandish, we endeavour to solve your fashion woes, keeping in mind that you want to look good without having to sell your liver. Keep reading after the jump for a winter outfit that means you don’t have to avoid alcohol for the rest of your existence.

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V-neck sweater from Monsoon

By admin on September 26th, 2007

Who says that essentials need to be boring? Granted, I’m the sort of guy who’ll wear plain, black socks and non-branded underwear because no one except me sees them (most of the time, *sigh*), but I’m in the camp that believe we should look to inject at least a little bit of pizzaz into our everyday wear.

Which is why I love this v-neck sweat (£45)from Monsoon. So there’s nothing radical about it, but you could so easily go with a dull black or grey version that doesn’t really do anything except make you blend in. The olive green compliments the autumn season. and would look great with a funky, patterned shirt underneath and a chocolate brown pair of slacks.


New t-shirt collection from Suburban Bliss

By admin on September 26th, 2007

Oh happy days! Yet another nautically themed t-shirt to add to my ever-growing collection. The Neptune tee (£28.95) comes courtesy of British clothes designers Suburban Bliss, featuring the Big Man of the Sea himself, Neptune, with all sorts of sea-faring crap caught in his hair. It looks so great that it’s made me slightly damp.

The tee forms part of a new series by the company, that also includes The Nightmare tee, Family Tree top and, my other preferred choice, the Skeleton tee, which features three of my most favourite things, namely skeletons, smoking and drinking.


Scotch and Soda cardigan

By admin on September 26th, 2007

As you may or may not know, I’m a bit of a cardigan and knitwear fiend, so I get a little bit excited when I discover a new knit, especially when it’s one that stands out from the crowd like this funky cardy from Scotch and Soda (£80).

With a typical cardigan shape, Scotch and Soda have added a touch of originality with the chunky, shawl style collar that runs into the button-up front. I also love the irregular button detail just below the neck line.  This fantastic cardigan would look great with a plain, crew neck tee underneath and teamed with a washed out pair of jeans.


Trendsetting: Topman Waistcoats

By admin on September 26th, 2007


To some, waistcoats have never been out of
fashion and this post must look like I’m about three years behind the times, but
to others they represent Russell-Brand-dandyism at its worst. But now the
fashion gods (i.e some people sitting in a room deciding what to call cool
again) have decided that waistcoats are back.

But they don’t have to be a display of dandy, Topman
have the best range of waistcoats, with the price ranging from £30-35. Team with  a plain t-shirt and slim but not skinny jeans for a subtly trendy look.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Steal the Nom de Guerre look

By admin on September 26th, 2007

Fashion look books are a good source of
inspiration if you’re looking to experiment. Nom De Guerre has loads of subtle
looks for this season, but they’re somewhat out of the sane person’s price
range. That’s where this article comes in.

Jacket: This Penguin jacket (£119)
is a versatile one, making you look smarter when you have jeans on whilst simultaneously
giving you a casual look when you have trousers on.

Shirt: A staple for any man’s wardrobe, a
good white dress shirt will always look smart. Topman’s shirts are tapered well
and cost just £20.

Tie: American Apparel are always good
for essentials and this poplin tie is no
different. They’re only £11 and they pretty much have every colour you’ve ever
thought of.

Trousers: For a staple piece, plain black
trousers are actually quite difficult to find. River Island have a good pair,
costing £30.

Shoes: A kind of cross between shoes and
boots, these Ted Baker shoes cost £90.
They’re called Pacino, although I’m not sure why.


Allsaints Rake Zip jeans

By admin on September 25th, 2007


To me, jeans are just that – trousers made from denim. As long as they fit comfortably, aren’t overly distressed and cost under £100, I’m pretty happy. Although sometimes you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a pair that meet those prerequisites. Why do half the jeans I come across look like they’ve been in a particularly nasty meeting with a belt-sander and a tub of bleach?

Luckily, AllSaints in their infinite wisdom, stick to slightly more sensible (and stylish) modes of jeans-wear. These Rake Zip jeans (£70) are only ever-so-slightly weathered, so you won’t feel like a complete fraud wearing them. Check out the fat-zip details too, which is a great addition to the trousers.


Skull Headed Parrot tee from Turtlehead tees

By admin on September 25th, 2007

Sorry Little Paper Planes, Turtlehead has become my new favourtie t-shirt website, despite their extremely puerile name. Ah, who am I kidding, it’s one of the reasons I love them. The other reason is purely due to me being a great big cheap ass – postage is free to anywhere in the whole-wide world.

There are some great tees, badges and artwork available on the website, all in limited edition runs so you can remain fairly certain that you won’t bumphe into someone rocking the same gear as you. My pick of the bunch is the Skull Headed Parrot (£20) tee, which looks both as weird and awesome as it sounds.

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