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The return of the Stripey Jumper – and our favourites

It’s usually around this time of year when we see the high street desperately trying to shift from gloomy winter warmers, to a lighter and brighter spring look. And typically this is usually cue for the humble stripe to make an entrance, often manifesting itself in the form of the classic nautical stripe, and not-forgetting the obligatory Breton stripy jumper …

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AshleyThe return of the Stripey Jumper – and our favourites
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Style Safari: Ben Sherman Plectrum Cardigan

One way to beat off the cold is to invest  in a seriously heavyweight lambswool cardigan like this gem from Ben Sherman. The Plectrum Cardigan is Porcelain White with black flecks, is made from super warm lambswool – with a little nylon and is a regular fit. It features a shawl collar and through zip front and is finished with …

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AshleyStyle Safari: Ben Sherman Plectrum Cardigan
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John Smedley adds new Jumpers and Polo Shirts to its sales sites

English label John Smedley, who might just be our favourite knitwear maker ever, have added a load of new jumpers and polo shirts to its sale site. You’ll need to register to get in, but once you do there is a selection of very striking round and V neck sweaters in its sale reduced for £75 to just £40. The …

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AshleyJohn Smedley adds new Jumpers and Polo Shirts to its sales sites
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Style Safari: ASOS’s stripey jumper £22

Want to look like Brian Jones in the mid 60s. Well personally I’d have trouble growing out a shaggy mop of blonde hair, but I can at least get the stripey jumper. It appears that Rugby style stripey sweaters are making a bit of a comeback with several stores including Gap offering them (and they are in the sale too). …

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AshleyStyle Safari: ASOS’s stripey jumper £22
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Still wearing your Christmas Jumper? Why you should wear it all winter long

Patterned jumpers have been, to use the parlance, on trend since about 2010, but this year they finally hit the mainstream and every high street store had a range. Even the BBC noted the fashion and published a very sweet article examining the reasons why it is now de rigeur for a bloke to liven up at least one Christmas …

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AshleyStill wearing your Christmas Jumper? Why you should wear it all winter long
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John Smedley in massive jumper/cardigan sale

If you have never visited John Smedley’s discount store right next to their factory in Derbyshire you really should. They have lots of end of line items, slight seconds and more at very very cheap prices. If you live a million miles from Derbyshire and still want to grab one of their wonderful sea island cotton cardigans or extra fine …

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AshleyJohn Smedley in massive jumper/cardigan sale
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Fred Perry Winter sale kicks off

Heritage brand Fred Perry has had a really good year courtesy of some high profile tie-ups. If you fancy one of their polo shirts, or anything else for that matter, now is a very good time as the company has just started its winter sale. Pictured is the £45 (down from £55) Slim Fit Twin Tipped Fred Perry Shirt, which …

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AshleyFred Perry Winter sale kicks off

Last minute Christmas panic? Seven cool jumpers some of which are now in the sale

Not bought that Christmas jumper for the man you love yet? Or maybe your are a bloke who wants some new knitwear to help you face the sleet, snow and driving rain that is coming next month? Here are few suggestions, some of which are in the sale.  

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AshleyLast minute Christmas panic? Seven cool jumpers some of which are now in the sale
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Brandish Christmas List #12 Atom Retro Stripey College Scarf

Just in time for Christmas, our favourite vintage store Atom Retro has just taken delivery of a whole load of stripey college scarves. They are available in ten different colours, cost £34.99,  and we are especially fond of this one (above), the green one and the red one (below). Stripey scarves really took off in the 1950s and have remained …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #12 Atom Retro Stripey College Scarf
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The Nordic invasion: Why Scandinavian brands are rising in popularity among British men

Menswear has traditionally taken a background role in the world of fashion, letting women mode reign the catwalks, column inches and shopping baskets. But over the last couple

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Elisabeth EdvardsenThe Nordic invasion: Why Scandinavian brands are rising in popularity among British men
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Stocking fillers – five jumpers for under £30

We haven’t had a jumper post on this website for a day or two now, which is odd because as John Lewis email pointed out this morning it is only 29 sleeps until Christmas. Round about now the great jumper sale begins with high street brands traditionally slashing prices in a bid to piss off people who did their Christmas …

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How to wear a scarf – and ten you’d look great in

In Winter, at least, the obvious purpose of a scarf is to keep your neck warm, but sartorially speaking a scarf has a multitude of uses from adding a splash of colour to an otherwise slightly dull suit through to adding a degree of formality to casual clothes. Personally I am a die-hard stripey or houndstooth scar wearer. They can …

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AshleyHow to wear a scarf – and ten you’d look great in
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So you want cheap Cashmere – here are six brands with jumpers for less than £100

Until about five years ago Cashmere jumpers were the preserve of ladies who lunch, golfers and tourists looking to take home something suitably pricey and Scottish (which they had invariably bought on London’s Regent Street !?). But then something very odd happened. Stores like Uniqlo and M&S began to sell Cashmere knitwear at prices that mere mortals could afford and …

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AshleySo you want cheap Cashmere – here are six brands with jumpers for less than £100
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Brandish Christmas List #6 William Fox Fairisle Jumper

One of our favourite knitwear brands is William Fox, who have been in the business of manufacturing top quality sporting goods and and assorted gentlemen’s attire for over a century now. The brand’s new range is available at Present and includes some classics and few quirky items too. My pick of the bunch is this Fairisle jumper in cream – …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #6 William Fox Fairisle Jumper
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Trend alert – 60s mod monochrome black and white shirts, trousers and more

One of the likely big trends in women’s wear for next is year monochrome black and white.  Think Bridget Riley, op art, stripes of varying lengths, maybe a bit of dogs tooth too. Apparently stripey op art style dresses by the likes of Marc Jac0bs are predicted  to drip on down to the High St.  Chances are that the mod monochrome look will also have an influence …

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AshleyTrend alert – 60s mod monochrome black and white shirts, trousers and more
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7 Classic Christmas jumpers – stylish men’s knitwear you can wear all winter long

There is a bit of trend in comedy jumpers this season. You only need to check out River Island’s selection to see how prevalent they are. If you want knitwear that doesn’t have to be teamed up with paper hats and plastic cracker jewelry that you can wear all winter long then check out this lot. These are our favourites …

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Ashley7 Classic Christmas jumpers – stylish men’s knitwear you can wear all winter long
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Brandish Christmas List #4 John Smedley Gift Hamper

As a rule Christmas hampers tend to be fairly rubbish affairs stuffed with weird dried fruit and odd combination pickles that chances are will reach their sell by date before you get round to sampling them. However, ace British knitwear company John Smedley have come up with an alternative hamper this year which might be pricey, but is a must …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #4 John Smedley Gift Hamper