Jazz it up with this Topman hoodie with graphic print and shiny foil bits. The ’90s style bubbles and squiggles look quite nu-ravey, but it will add some pep to a standard grey trousers and neat trainer combo. Costing a mere £25 it reminds me of chemistry textbooks and dna particles, I might get lost in a reverie of isomers, moles and covalency for a while now.
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With that in mind, check out this killer polo shirt from Manchester’s Oi Polloi. The PF Flyers Ribbed Polo is retailing at £59.99 and features a 5 button placket polo with contrasting ribbed collar, cuffs and hem. A heavyweight cotton weave will see you being able to wear it without a jacket in the warmer months, but leave you looking cool as.
Sarah Coggles is a great store I’ve had the fortune to visit on family trips to York. It’s a wonder to go through their menswear which is more interesting than your average boutique. I like this Ted Baker shirt (£75) in a nice aqua-green; the pattern is retro without being kookily so and it nicely combines flowers with geometry. Use it to give a grey suit some personality, or wear with navy cords and Clarks shoes for a truly retro look.
Gentlemen. Do not be afraid of floral shirts. It doesn’t mean you’re a pansy. They are cool and will make you feel like some killer 70s dandy. One great floral shirt for this summer is the white floral print shirt from Burton.
A measly £25.00 will make you look cool in the sun, and the shirt has nice detailing with rolled up sleeves, two front pockets and epaulettes. It’s 100% Cotton and machine washable. A bargain and available to buy by clicking here.
I was mildly obsessed with Tyvek when I was younger; it was pretty trendy, Björk wore a Hussein Chalayan Tyvek jacket on the cover of her Post album and I had my eye on a Topshop Tyvek shirt (I’m a girl)for a-ages. Feel the retro Tyvek love with American Apparel’s jacket which is priced at a overdraft-pleasing £19. The weight and colour are great for this time of year. Now Tyvek isn’t going to be more durable than cotton, but at that price it’s perfect to add some edge and individuality to your wardrobe.
Sporty is coming back, I know that for menswear it never really went away, but it’s less about saggy trackie bottoms, and more about futuristic chic. Mix textures with wet-look anorak style fabrics and cotton jersey. This Martin Margiela jacket from Browns (£695) is quite retro with it’s shell suit style patchwork but the slim cut keeps it looking modern. Wear it with faded black denim jeans and white canvas pumps for a Jacques Lu Cont-alike ’80s look.
Hopefully, you’ve stopped thinking about cardigans as a piece of clothing donned by geography teachers and grandpas. Cardigans are the hip alternative to pullovers and the like. We’ve featured quite a few on Brandish, and this one is at the top end of the cardi scale.
This Ted Baker ‘Yardi’ cardi is a long sleeved V-neck. It’s a ‘luxury knit’ with Corozo button detail. It’s entwined with cashmere so careful… it’s hand wash only. Going for £80.00 from the Ted Baker site, it’s one to save for the finer evening.
I love Howies, like Innocent they’re a truly loveable company, and their clothes are the antithesis of Primark’s throwaway ethos. I like this organic cotton "Earn your beer" blue t-shirt (£25), there’s nothing like fulfilling any remainders of a protestant work ethic by going for a long run, walk or bout of DIY before enjoying a celebratory pint. Something to think about as you sit slumped in front of Peep Show with a can of Stella!
Colour-blocking is big news, gone are the retro prints from the flighty echelons of the fashion world. This hoodie from Topshop (£20) is a prime example of colour blocking. It looks more effective if you stick to colour blocking with individual items within an outfit, but the lemon yellow looks good against the black and blue. You could go the whole hog and team it with purple jeans and hi-tops, but you don’t want to look like a Skins reject do you?
Sometimes you just want to wear something generic looking, something that doesn’t scream I’m Indie/Emo/Kooky/Townie/Suave etc… something that just is. Grey sweatshirts are great for a generic look, and this Topman jacket (£45) is also really quite good. The simple navy is lifted by the utility-style white zips and the slim fit that Topman seem to be introducing to most of their clothing means that you’ll keep a smart silhouette.
The preppy look is great as long as you add a strong dash of subversiveness, all those smart clothes can look brilliantly anti-establishment if you wear them a certain way. Unruly Heir’s lilac seersucker hoodie is gorgeously preppy, it would look great teamed with other candy brights for a punky take on the posh-boy look. I’m thinking multicoloured deck shoes (the preppy shoe of choice), pale pink jeans and an orange Lacoste polo shirt. Are you with me?
Watching, well, falling asleep in front of Stand By Me at the weekend I realised how much of a fashion inspiration those four little boys are. The clean-cut retro casual style is perfect for summer, to get the look wear turned up light blue jeans, canvas plimsolls and an old, slim fitting t-shirt. Leeches optional.
Jeans are serious business in menswear, wearing them for months at a time without washing, sanding, dry cleaning everything is fair game to achieve the perfect wear. Small brands like Corpus (left) get you kudos but big brands are often just as good. Among aficionados the best brands are A.P.C and Nudie, but Evisu and Levi’s also score big. If you can go for a month without washing your jeans you will do well to keep the colour and texture of raw denim. Washing your jeans in cold water will also preserve as will using a handwashing detergent for dark or coloured clothes.
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Jarvis has moved on from his charity shop chic uniform of his Britpop years and has settled in nicely to a check shirt, jeans, buckle belt and corduroy jacket. It’s a bit hard to pull off a pervy schoolteacher look when you’re in your forties, and Jarvis’ new look suits his pared down music. Get your hands on a similar western-style shirt from Howies for £75, or from Plaid Pony Vintage for $28 where you can also pick up a vintage belt buckle for $24. Ballyhoo Vintage have got a great velvet jacket for $65 which will definitely give you the Jarvis look. See after the jump for product images.
Dreaming of holidays? Eio’s Dream Paradise t-shirt has a great beachscape rendered in brushstrokes complete with paint drips but accessorise with a beat-up straw hat and you’ll probably look like a tit.
Retailing at £25, all Eio (which stands for Excess is Ok) t-shirts are sweatshop free which is fast becoming the norm. With slim fits and creative designs that reveal their Goldsmith’s education
Eio t-shirts will stand out in a packed pub garden.