Magnificent Bastard have compiled a wondrous outfit they have called "10 ways to looks like a Total Toolbag" and yes Crocs are the footwear of choice for this outfit. Taking such heinous items as ‘90s style Oakley wraparound shades and a mobile phone belt clip MB have definitely come up trumps. Their guy looks like the kind of person would be on a business trip and try to drunkenly chat me up at the bar. Even though he’s ten years older than me, married and hasn’t taken off his wedding ring or the picture of his kids out of his wallet. Although I’m going to play devil’s advocate and say that in a slightly less buttery colour and slimmer cut I would give the thumbs up to the pleated shorts.
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August is traditionally silly season for news, and this is by far the silliest story I’ve seen. Peterborough street wardens told David Pratt as he sat at a bus stop with his wife that his t-shirt could cause offence or incite violence. The offending item bore the slogan: "Don’t piss me off! I am running out of places to hide the bodies." "I really don’t see how the wording on my T-shirt could incite violence – it’s humour, that’s all it is," said Mr Pratt who is seeking an apology. Peterborough City Council said: "The
incident is the subject of an official complaint to the council and is
currently under investigation."
The t-shirt reminds me of something you’d find in Magz from Saxondale’s "Smash the System" anarchic t-shirt shop. I actually find the typeface more offensive than the wording but that’s me.
Every man needs at least one checked shirt in his wardrobe. A decent check can flatter the figure, looks great when layered with a t-shirt or two and automatically brightens up a dull outfit.
Having said that, you do need to choose checked clothes carefully. Checked shirts look totally different when hanging on the rail, so make sure you try one on before purchasing. Invariably you can end up resembling a tablecloth or a lumberjack, neither of which are a good look.
To help you with your search for the perfect check, I’ve picked out five shirts for your perusal, located after the jump. Hopefully, with my advice, you can avoid looking like an Alaskan logger.
I know I shouldn’t really like this t-shirt, but I do. It’s garish and has swirly patterns all over it that are reminiscent of what was "cool" in late eighties and early nineties design. Which is possibly why I like it so much – it’s a bit of a nostalgia trip for me.
The Beautiful Decay "Or Die" tee ($29.95) is just one of loads of fantastic designs. Others that have caught my eye include the exquisite mushroom cloud, cloud bowler (which has an eerie Pink Floyd meets A Clockwork Orange thing going) and the nutty maestro of reality tee, all $29.95.
Mary Portas is back for a second series of her
hit tv show "Mary Queen of Shops" and this time she’s tackling
menswear. She said: "The core middle market for men is very hard. How
many solo menswear shops do you see on the high street?" Portas is
known for transforming Harvey Nichols and turning it into a vital
fashion retailer and on the last series worked her magic on four
independent boutiques using rebranding, window-dressing and stock
revamps to improve sales. Menswear is a much more difficult market than womenswear as Portas makes clear: "It’s very hard to build a complete men’s retail brand on its own". She is looking for struggling fashion
boutiques to take part in this new series which she describes as not "a
makeover show; we’re giving them real business guidance" If you think
you fit the bill send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m really taken with this Topman striped tee (£14). There’s nothing particularly unusual about it per se, but the scoop neck line isn’t something you often see in menswear, a design feature more associated with female fashion.
The scoop-neck is great though, as you can layer the tee with another one underneath, and we all know layering is a done thing. This would look particularly good with a black or earthy coloured long-sleeve tee underneath. Although you could always just wear it as it is, and show off that Burt Reynolds rug of yours. Get a medallion too, while you’re at it.
I hadn’t ever heard of Tim Hamilton, he’s an award-winning new kid on the block, a midwestern native bringing preppy back. His refreshing take on Americana is a world away from the overstuffed stylings of Ralph Lauren. Taking inspiration from rugged workwear and giving it polish and versatility seems like a simple enough concept but Tim Hamilton does it with flair and panache.
All Saints have this week launched their autumn/winter 07 range and already I know that they’re going to be one of my most visited shops this coming season. The collection is quite diverse, incorporating heavy textures, such as ruffles, checks and stripes and unusually, for this time of year, a number of pink garments. All Saints designers have also set a running theme in their accessories – a ram-skull motif that finds itself fused with belt buckles, pin badges and pendents.
Keep reading after the jumps for five new items that I’ve picked off of their relaunched website.
Pringle have recently released pictures of their AW07 collection and I have to admit, I have never really been a Pringle fan. Until now that is. Their new sleek and edgy range is a marked departure from last year’s AW06 collection that had a softer, scholarly look to it, featuring rustic, warm colours that are in direct contrast to the AW07′s slick blacks and subdued metallics.
Half-length overcoats feature prominently in next season’s campaign, and subsequently this is where the collection stands out. Out of the whole range, the double-faced wool pea coat, strict and militaristic, is the one that impressed me most, but I was also struck by the stark sophistication of their leather flying jacket. Both are pictured above, and will be available through their UK stores later this year.
Burton’s blue and white fine stripe shirt exudes summer but will also last you into the winter months, looking sharp teamed with a rust-coloured v-neck knit and cords for a total academia/professor type look.
For now roll up the sleeves and wear it with tailored semi-casual shorts and white canvas pumps for a smart office look that will set you apart from the cargo be-shorted crowd. The shirt is an entirely reasonable £25 and made from
100% cotton, ensuring no sweaty situations.
Better known overseas than in their native UK, Baracuta have nonetheless dressed some of the world’s most famous people over the past 50 years. Elvis, Steve McQueen, The Clash and block-headed-Bond Daniel Craig have all been seen sporting various garments from the Manchester based designers which, because I’m a celeb-whore, is just part of the appeal of their clothing.
The other reason why I’m attracted to their designs (honestly) is because they look great. I spotted this Stussy collaboration on their website and immediately fell in love with its baseball-jacket style that also has a modish air about it. The G9 collaboration is only available through Stussy stores, details of which can be found on their website.
I almost melted into a puddle of knitwear-coveting goo when I saw this. This Martin Margiela knit is in a similar style to those jumpers that you find in army surplus stores, which I think are quite smart. The difference with this one is that the shoulder details are made from suede, and the rest of the top is a fine quality wool, rather than acrylic. I love the Ferrari red colour too, which will be perfect for the coming autumn and will look great layered with a smart shirt underneath and a black pea-coat over the top.
But I have a bit of a contention with the price – £245. Even if I could afford it, I wouldn’t be too comfortable handing over that many bones for a woolly jumper. But that’s all academic, because I’m poor as well as miserly. I just hope that H&M release something "similar".
I love Uniqlo knitwear, I own a few of their jumpers which I’ve machine washed many many times and they’re still in perfect shape. That’s the beauty of merino wool, it has all the washable benefits of acrylic without any of the skanky bobbly plasticness.
This merino wool cardigan is an awesome £19.99 and comes in four gorgeous shades of blue, from pale baby blue to an ominous dark grey-blue. Cardigans are the menswear success story of the year and great this time of year when you’re taking them on and off about a hundred times a day.
Last Exit To Nowhere make movie t-shirts, but not one part of the design displays a movie title or recogniseable scene from the film. Instead they reference the flick with souveneir-style t-shirts of the setting, use corporate logos from fictional companies and feature bogus consumer products found only on the silver screen. For instance, to the layman, the Devil’s Tower tee (£17.50) looks like something a tourist would pick up from a gift shop, but Spielberg fans would instantly recognise this as the alien landing site in Close Encounters.
Other designs in the range include Omni Consumer Products (Robocop), Camp Crystal Lake (Friday the 13th) and, one that I couldn’t figure out at first, the Ludivico Technique tee (A Clockwork Orange). My pick of the bunch is the Weyland-Yutani Corp design (Aliens), not least because it’s from a great film, but also because, when I wear it, I can pretend I’m part of a corporation responsible for engineering acid-blooded beasts. That’s it man, it’s game over man, game over!
It’s August and what does that mean? The shops are full of the dregs of sale items and we’ll be waiting until September for the new stock to come in. It also means I’m going to start banging on about transition wear, the clothes that carry you safely from one season t’other.
So not a very exciting month stylewise but try to think of it as a bit of fashion hibernation, carry on wearing you’ve been wearing all "summer" (so anorak, wellies and brolly then?!) and have a think about what you need for the coming months. I like Topman’s tobacco skinny jeans (£30), not too summery, not too wintery they’re a perfect item for the next few months. Wear them now with a white tee and canvas pumps and when autumn comes get all earthy with brown brogues, olive green knits and pumpkin/rust colour shirt.