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Stunning patterned shirts from Humphries and Begg

Looking for something a bit bold to wear to your Christmas party? Then check out Portobello Road based Humphries and Begg. The indie fashion brand has a really stunning array of mostly floral shirts (though the red dot short is rather lovely too) with some very striking patterns. It is a tough choice but our favourite is the Red Poppy …

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AshleyStunning patterned shirts from Humphries and Begg
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Summer is here! Here are our top Loafers and Deck Shoes for men

With temperatures nudging the early 20s – exciting I know – it finally seems like summer time has arrived. Actually the weather needs to get on the case as we are now less then sixty days until September. Anyhow it is time to slip yourself into what are the ultimate stylish, classic, always cool summer shoes – Loafers. Here is …

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AshleySummer is here! Here are our top Loafers and Deck Shoes for men
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This summer’s hottest plimsolls and canvas shoes

Ever wondered why the plimsoll is called that? According to Nicholette Jones’ book The Plimsoll Sensation in the 1870s it got the name because the coloured horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull. So just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber …

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AshleyThis summer’s hottest plimsolls and canvas shoes
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Style – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes

We are now just a month away from the first game in The Ashes series as the under achieving Aussies face the mighty England team at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. If all goes to plan it will be business as usual with the England team notching up their third Ashes series win in a row. But then again when has …

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AshleyStyle – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes

From Paisley to Geometric – this season’s best Patterned Shirts

Don’t be a wallflower when it comes to choosing what shirt to wear this season, as patterned shirts are this summers de rigueur wardrobe staple (so we’re told by those that know such important things..). There’s an infinite amount of patterns to choose no matter how bold you want to be, from: Birds to flowers; Geometrics to computer abstract; And …

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AshleyFrom Paisley to Geometric – this season’s best Patterned Shirts
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How to dress like Jay ‘The Great’ Gatsby

In case you hadn’t noticed The Great Gatsby is back in the cinemas again with Leonardo Di Caprio playing the doomed title role alongside his Daily Buchanan, in this instance Carey Mulligan. Given that the director is Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet fame the film is not surprisingly rather stylised with much of the fashions that …

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AshleyHow to dress like Jay ‘The Great’ Gatsby
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Andy Warhol Pepe Jeans Campbell Soup Jacket

Ok, so the Pop Art spotlight is very much on Roy Lichtenstein at the moment what with his retrospective at the Tate Modern in London. But when it comes to a style/art crossover then there’s only one pop art name that counts, and that’s Andy Warhol. There are literally hundreds of Warhol’s prints available on t-shirts – check this lot …

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AshleyAndy Warhol Pepe Jeans Campbell Soup Jacket
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Gibson’s Navy Mod style Boating Blazer

Weller has always been a big fan. The Who used to wear them and thousands of Mods have teamed them up with white Wranglers and loafers. But the trouble with many boating blazers is that they make you look like an overgrown public school boy. Not this one though. it is a classic sixties mod type jacket from Gibson London …

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AshleyGibson’s Navy Mod style Boating Blazer
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H&M/Brick Lane Cycles clothes range goes on sale

I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but the H&M/Brick Lane Cycles clothing range has gone on sale today and you look at all the items and check out all the prices here. In case you missed the launch. The spin is that each item has been designed with the needs of modern cyclists in mind. So the items are technically suited to cycling, …

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AshleyH&M/Brick Lane Cycles clothes range goes on sale
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Style: Bradley Wiggins and Fred Perry unveil a ‘cyclists’ Harrington’

While I quite liked a few of the items in the Bradley Wiggins Fred Perry range (namely the shoes and the zippy white cycling top) I must admit I wasn’t exactly blown away by them. And three new items which have been put on the site of the retailer The End (spotted first here) aren’t going to change my mind …

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AshleyStyle: Bradley Wiggins and Fred Perry unveil a ‘cyclists’ Harrington’
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Dress like Steve McQueen – Barbour unveils new range

It is incredible to think that almost 35 years after his sad and premature death that Steve McQueen remains one of the most recognisable and iconic Hollywood stars. Barbour certainly thinks McQueen is a legend. The British brand has been adding to its McQueen inspired range. In keeping with McQueen’s on (and off) screen persona it is tough clothing that …

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AshleyDress like Steve McQueen – Barbour unveils new range
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Paul Smith launches range of David Bowie T-shirts

David Bowie is obviously thinking about his pension. He not only has a new album out next week – and it is rather good apparently – he has also teamed up with iconic Brit designer Paul Smith to launch a range of T-shirts. With all due respect to Mr Smith this hardly looks like his most challenging projects, The shirts, …

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AshleyPaul Smith launches range of David Bowie T-shirts
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Banana Republic launches Mad Men range (US only for now though)

Ever wanted to dress like Don Draper and his dapper Madison Avenue chums? Well now you can – sort of. Banana Republic has just launched a range of Mad Men inspired clothing in the US for both men and women which was created by the series costume designer Janie Bryant. Given fashion’s current yen for all things black and white …

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AshleyBanana Republic launches Mad Men range (US only for now though)
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Style – Harringtons – a round up of this year’s best Spring casual jackets

I checked an hour or so ago and it appears that the temperature, in the south east at least, is heading for double figures tomorrow. Spring might not be here, but it is certainly on its way. And that means it is time to ditch that heavy wool coat that kept you warm all winter for something a little flexible …

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AshleyStyle – Harringtons – a round up of this year’s best Spring casual jackets
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Style: Top Man launches Lux range with this stunning Mohair Cobalt Blue suit

When it comes to luxury brands the first name that pops into my mind isn’t Top Man. But in the seemingly never ending plan to push that brand upmarket it has unveiled a new range of high-end goodies called Lux. Due in the stores on March 7th are a range of items in upmarket fabrics, with the price to match …

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AshleyStyle: Top Man launches Lux range with this stunning Mohair Cobalt Blue suit
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Style: John Smedley adds classic cotton polo shirts to its sale site

I read Robert Elms’ marvellous book The Way We Wore last week. If you haven’t read it it is a fascinating, and very personal dissection of British youth cults and the clothes that were associated with them, throughout the 70s and 80s. It descends into a quagmire of narcissism towards the end as Elms seems to spend his life chasing …

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AshleyStyle: John Smedley adds classic cotton polo shirts to its sale site
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Style – Pretty Green Orange Panel Festival Jacket

If there’s one man who has done a few festivals in his time it is Liam Gallagher. Mind you he probably hasn’t done too much queuing for the toilets of chomping on vom burgers, but we will give him the benefit of the doubt as his label, Pretty Green, has just unveiled a series of festival jackets. The most eye …

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AshleyStyle – Pretty Green Orange Panel Festival Jacket
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H&M’s Cycling range is back – including some great retro tops

Last year H&M became one of the biggest clothing retailers (though Levi’s got there first) to start to take cycling seriously. Spurred on by the growth in the number of cyclists and also a little by our success at The Olympics the company teamed up with Brick Lane Cycles and launched a capsule range of jackets, retro jerseys and more …

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AshleyH&M’s Cycling range is back – including some great retro tops
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Style: Jefferson Farah Vintage Retro Mod Breton

Farah Vintage has just unveiled a very striking new range of Mod type Breton style jumpers. There’s a traditional blue and white (which is nicely in keeping with the vogue for all maritime things) version here, but I prefer this navy and red number. It is Beatnik style features a cool Sixties Mod Breton stripe detail in chilli red throughout …

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AshleyStyle: Jefferson Farah Vintage Retro Mod Breton