Ah to be a boy. Even if you’re a bit of a fashion dandy, as long as you are male your clothing choices are a lot simpler than us womenfolk. Take this A.P.C. t-shirt for instance, it lists all of Texas’ greatest natives, carefully omitting one particular moronic Texan. The people deemed worthy of being on the t-shirt include Janis Joplin, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Buddy Holly. It will cost you 70 Euros to stick it to the man, and also comes in grey marl with a black print.
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This scarf is officially the tits. With every piece of semi-alright menswear being confined to stripes of some kind this is a scarf with a difference. Show people your proud geekery and keen sartorial taste with the robot Office Lehndorff scarf. There are lots more pixel knits on the website, so if the blue/coral combo is a bit eye-popping there are many more to choose from.
A lot of retro designs don’t quite cut it do they? They often go for a pastiche as opposed to a design that genuinely reflects the clothing of the time. This is when you end up with silly loons and tie-dye things with tacky peace signs on. Worse still, you could end up with a big ganja leaf.
Well, for those of you wanted to show off a tasteful nod toward the late sixties, you can celebrate the summer of love with this vintage-washed soft heathered cotton T Shirt with a swirling psychedelic print of lovers loving, Kilmt style.
It’s going for $32.00 from Urban Outfitters, which means you’ll be paying around £17.00 if you’re a UK reader.
This T-shirt from ThinkGeek features clear, clean text and a message that is perhaps best translated as "Now accepting applications for Japanese girlfriends." It features a nice red "rising sun of Japan" in the design, and you never know what conversation this T-shirt could start, or where it might lead!
The Tee is 100% heavyweight cotton and is going for $16.99 – $18.49 (presumably dependant on what size you get it in)
This is one of the most unique and brilliant sweatshirts this scribe has ever seen. It features a great little retro logo that says ‘This Shirt Belongs To…’ which, if so desired, can see you adding your own name like you did on those stickers you had as a bairn.
In the soft gray sweatshirt by fred flare you’ll look like a
superstar… plus, everyone will know your
name! It’s available in unisex size and currently in the sale for a measly $19.99 which works out at roughly a tenner.
Blimey, perhaps if all those nasty hooded chavs were forced to wear a smart floral top like this, rather than the usual sports brands, then they’d be less inclined to beat each other up, film it on their mobiles, and post it on YouTube for kicks. £130 from Flatspot’s online store: BUY IT
PS. Leroy Jenkins is a relatively new clothing brand, and one that I guess is named after the legendary Leeeeeeeeeeroy Jenkins, internet superstar and useless World of Warcraft player.
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In their range at the moment is this super suave slim fit denim jacket with a retro spread collar.
The colour is ‘Naturally Green’, and this midweight denim won’t feel like you’re lugging something ungainly around on your back, and most importantly, will make you feel like Steve McQueen or Bruce Lee when you wear it.
The Levi DNA Jacket is made from 100% cotton and is currently going for a reasonable £95
Listen up gentlemen. Cardigans are well in. They’re great for layering up, and can be used as a coat should the weather cheer up a bit.
One great cardigan on the market is this great Stock Military Cardigan which has a smart V-neck with 2 buttoned front pockets. It’s finished with twill trim at the neck, button placket and pockets and exclusive to Urban Outfitters. It’s machine washable so you can wear it all the time without fear of regular trips to the dry cleaners and is Medium/Regular fit. It’s available in two colours and going for a cheap $48.00.
Kenneth Cole braved the blizzard and snow in New York yesterday to unveil an NYC Condom with each letter in a colored circle in the style of the subway line logos. The designer has been promoting AIDS and HIV awareness for over ten years, and on Valentine’s Day yesterday in association with the New York City health department over 150,000 condoms were handed out in New York. Cole is also promoting a ‘safe-tee’ and boxer shorts; both come with condom pockets and a tag with the phrase: "Safety instruction: this garment and its contents should be worn whenever conceivable." The garments cost $35 and are available at Kenneth Cole stores throughout the US.
I’ve had it up to here with people wearing rock t-shirts in an ironic fashion – you’ve 19 years old and you’ve never heard a single track by The Ramones, you muppet – but in the case of Guns N’ Roses, there’s no irony at all. Because, let’s face it, everyone loves a bit of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ or ‘Sweet Child of Mine’. This tee features the classic GN’R skull-in-top hat logo. It’s enough to make me want to play the whole of Appetite for Destruction at a very high volume. I’m off…
Available from Cult.co.uk, for £19.99. BUY IT
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However, Topman have designed a great grandad top that is cool enough to wear on its own, or coupled up with something a bit smarter. From a distance, it looks like it’s pink, but on closer inspection, it’s a fine red and white stripe (just in case you want to be macho about it). It’s a limited run and will set you back £40.
The weather, believe it or not, is warming up slightly. So, with the sun finally managing to peak his head out, it’s time to start planning on what to wear when it’s too cold for your duffel coat. A good place to start is a casual blazer. This linen herringbone three-button blazer will keep it cool and look great. It’s 100% linen and partially lined to keep you fresh while still looking dynamite.
It’s got neat detail too with a notched lapel and three button front. The two exterior pockets will help the jacket keep it’s shape as well as a neat single back vent. Be warned though, as it’s linen, it’s dry clean only, so look after it! Currently going for a decent $295.
Something to impress the ladies this evening. I know it’s a bit OTT, but I love this Paul Smith shirt. Dress it down with charcoal grey trousers and minimalist trainers to show the beaded, knotted and embroidered shirt off to its best. Wearing something a bit different shows you’re not afraid to experiment with fashion, and as long as you’re not trying to rock novelty socks or musical ties you’ll be getting the thumbs up from me.
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I’ve never fully understood the special appeal of button badges, but I know plenty of people who like ‘em, so this post is going out to you. This set of artistic button badges, limited to a series of 100, is by Ben the Illustrator. Available from Urban Retro’s online shop, for just £3.45. Hurry before they’re sold out… BUY THEM
The Firebird trackie top has been worn by pop stars, movie stars and any other type of star you’d care to mention. It’s a stone-cold classic and comes with three stripes and the old-school adidas trefoil logo on the chest. It looks rather swish in green and yellow, don’t you think? Available from Natterjacks’ online store, for £54.99. BUY IT
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