Posts Tagged ‘asos’

Footwear, Trends

Woven shoes for summer from high street to designer

By admin on May 8th, 2009

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We recently had a reader request about woven shoes, the reader in question wanted a pair of semi-formal shoes for summer, with a weave. Seb Law already mentioned that tatty plimsolls are not a good look for the warmer months, and woven shoes are a far more grown-up alternative.

Airy and breezy, Ask the Missus‘ white lace ups are just what every man who can’t quite face sandals needs. For high summer and holidays a pair of sandals with a braided detail are much more stylish than flip flops. The most rustic of the bunch, the brown woven slippers will be the only shoes you need for a summer holiday. Lastly, Officine Creative‘s woven loafers are modern take on a classic, and more than smart enough for the office. Jump through for full product details.

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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Sexy Grandad: the placket goes deep

By Colin Chapman on May 6th, 2009

placket.jpgLooking for something a tad smarter than a regular T-shirt to wear into the office as the weather heats up? The deep-placket top seems to be filling the spot previously filled by the polo shirt in recent years, as a smarter alternative to the T-shirt. Whilst being a particularly nasty word – a placket – the double layer of fabric holding buttons or poppers at the neckline of a shirt (clearly I’m on a mission to decipher obscure fashion terms this week!) adds a touch of grandad-shirt smartness to an otherwise basic top. As with the deep-V popularised by American Apparel, the current trend for plackets is depth. This enables you to stay buttoned-up at your desk whilst giving you the option to reveal your man-cleavage in the pub beer garden come hometime. And options are always nice.

L: Reiss at ASOS, R: Unconditional at Oak NYC


Seersucker wins out as fabric for Spring/Summer

By Colin Chapman on May 5th, 2009

seersucker.jpgSeersucker is big with the Brandish team and Matthew Willamson‘s quite lovely seersucker striped suit, as Isabelle highlighted last week, is likely to make awareness of this fabric an all-time high. But what makes it such an ideal summer fabric? Wikipedia (as ever) explains all: the weaving process ’causes some threads to bunch together, this wrinkled appearance causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin’, keeping you cool and meaning no ironing is necessary. Result!

So what are your options? I bought a pair of slim, white/grey needle stripe pants at Banana Republic in the US last year, a great staple, they’re available here at the Regent Street store. For a darker take on summery seersucker, B-store’s, black pleated pants are now on sale at ASOS. Finally, this vibrant, Madras check shirt also at ASOS puts a bright spin on the traditionally subtle stripe.

L-R: B-store at ASOS, FCUK at ASOS, Banana Republic

Accessories, Luggage & Travel

Carhartt canvas shopper bag from Asos

By admin on April 30th, 2009

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Shopper bags make a nice alternative to the rucksack, and Carhartt canvas bag from Asos (£48) combines utilitarian simplicity with interesting details. A glut of pockets is a terrible thing on trousers but on a bag it’s pretty useful, and the black straps and zip neatly punctuate the colour.

The warm tan will go well with jeans and would look particularly good with some pale green seersucker trousers or shorts for high summer as part of a neat, nouveau preppy outfit.

Sales, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

ASOS tiger print tshirt

By admin on April 16th, 2009

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Is this t-shirt going to convince everybody? I’m not certain, but priced at just £6 in the Asos sale I’m sure some people could be persuaded.

The tiger print is, of course, the most superior of animal prints suggesting feline fun and power. In bright fadeout colours it’s perfect for the summer, and will look great with a pair of tailored shorts and pastel deck shoes, like the ones suggested by Colin, below for a sugar-sweet take on the preppy look.

Coats & Jackets

Pale and interesting: the Nudie denim jacket

By Colin Chapman on April 15th, 2009

Nudie_jean_jacket.jpgI’ve been searching for the ‘perfect’ denim jacket for a while now, and this one by Nudie at ASOS comes pretty close. Pale, and ‘vintage looking’ It’s also short on the waist (essential), fitted, and (crucially) has no side pockets, this ensures that it won’t go baggy over time at the sides, as you won’t be tempted to shove your hands in your pockets.

I plan to layer mine, with a cashmere knit and white T or a hoodie on chilly days, dressed up over a fitted shirt and tie, definitely mismatched with super-dark indigo jeans.

Whilst denim purists would have you rummaging in smelly warehouses for an original Lee Stormrider, I’d say make it simple with this beauty.

Outfit picks

Dress me up before you go-go

By Colin Chapman on April 8th, 2009

Off to a sunny climes for an Easter break? Here’s a head to toe look to get the locals talking and keep you cool. The seersucker blazer from Topman makes a change from the blue or grey fine stripe associated with this fabric. The pink of the blazer sets off nicely the deeper red of this colour-banded vest by Jil Sander. I love these wide-legged shorts (also by Jil Sander), which will definitely air you to the best advantage if you’re heading somewhere steamy but equally, look classic enough to wear in town as well as at the beach. Finally, some classic espadrilles grounding the look with a touch of Mediterranean tradition, in black .

As a final touch you could add a Panama hat – this year’s trilby – casting a shadow over that mysterious (and possibly sunburnt) visage.

Blazer, Topman, Vest and shorts by Jil Sander from OkiNi, Espadrilles from ASOS

T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

My summer wardrobe item of choice: the fitted Gingham shirt

By Colin Chapman on March 26th, 2009

Whether or not we actually get a summer this year, my seasonal item ‘most likely to’ is a gingham shirt by Ralph Lauren Rugby I recently had refitted by my tailor.

Gingham is a perfect summer version of the plaid flannel many of us have been wearing to death this winter, whilst being reminiscent of checked table cloths and equally American in outlook.

Gingham can be dressed up for the office with a contrasting knitted tie in plain black or a contrast stripe. Wear at the weekend with indigo jeans, cropped trousers or chino shorts. Black and white is strong but brights work equally well (mine’s royal blue and white). I’ve seen yellow, pink, purple and red do wonders. The main thing for me is the fit (hence the refit – RLR is not yet available in the UK and it was a mis-judged NYC purchase).

Slim fitting, not overly long in the sleeves and definitely not a billowing, untucked tent of a thing is the ideal to focus on.

Options include Ralph Lauren Custom Fit (available in the UK from OiPolloi), or try ASOS and J. Crew for more choices.

Pictured: black and white Carlos Campos gingham shirt with white collar and cuffs from Oak NYC


5 of the best: single-colour Hi-Tops

By Colin Chapman on March 19th, 2009

Whilst Martin Margiela’s remain the dream version, single-colour hi-top trainers are looking like a hot item for summer and are available at all prices. Ideal with cut-off denim shorts, slim, cropped pants, or under your boiler suit! Here are 5 of the best.

ASOS have Reeboks in four colours. So classic they’re approaching a cult in their so-normal-they’re-astonishing way. Not a Reebok guy? Over at Oki-Ni an alternative to the budget-busting Margiela are the RAF by Raf Simons (yes, really!) hi-tops in black and white or Vans Sk8 Hi.

Finally, the perennially classy (though strangely quiet of late) POSTE have high-end but affordable options Veja Grid and Common Projects Mid Achilles.

Clockwise from top left: Veja Grid, VANS, Reebok, RAF, Common Projects.

Jeans & Trousers

Shorts: options for SS09

By Colin Chapman on March 13th, 2009


If you’re off on your first break of the year somewhere warm shortly you may be considering short trouser options.

The revitalised ASOS store has some great shorts on offer, ticking various trend boxes.

The slim jersey pair here are in line with the overall smart sportswear trend, the rib detail adding a touch of smartness to what could otherwise be a very casual look. The draped front pair by Unconditional meanwhile makes much more of a statement, especially if teamed with a similarly draped front or deep scoop neck T-shirt. Throwing caution to the wind, the dropped crotch shorts in black linen have an air of Thai fishermen’s trouser about them, an exotic note that could look great teamed with leather thong sandals or brown Oxfords.

Of course, the crucial factor with any shorts purchase this early is how to ensure its your outfit that dazzles rather than your milky white calves. Run for the sun at the earliest opportunity or slather on a bit of self tan to help you blend in with swarthy locals.


Asos site gets a makeover

By admin on February 20th, 2009

Asos have gone live with their new website and judging by all the action on Twitter they’ve been a busy bunch (seriously, there’s about 20 Asos people on there, it’s amazing!) getting up and working.

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Hoody £18, Striped Tshirt £10, Belt £10, Chinos £25

Jump through to see more from their spring range, looking forward to the summer stock even more!

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Neckerchiefs: turning up everywhere

By Colin Chapman on February 19th, 2009

We’ve posted about kerchiefs before, but now a definite trend seems to be developing. Along the way they’ve become ‘officially’ known as Neckerchiefs, just in case you were in any doubt as to their use. Two different Sartorialist snaps featured them this week, whilst proto-Boho Paul Kinsey in BBC Four’s Mad Men wore one in episode 2, perhaps to indicate his advancing bohemianism (along with the pipe).

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Heroes and Celebrities

Unlikely style icons: Albert Hammond Jr

By Colin Chapman on February 9th, 2009

OK, with arm candy of no less stature than Agyness Deyn, Mr Hammond clearly has taste, so perhaps not entirely ‘unlikely’. But a Google image search of his not-so-long-ago persona in The Strokes shows the big-haired rocker as no great shakes in the business of sartorialism. These days, however, he’s looking quite fine.

Revealing himself as something of an expert in the wearing of a three-piece suit, AH Jr manages to make what could be stuffy tailoring look suitably rock and roll with some carefully edited accessories. A stunning portrait in yesterdays Observer magazine featured a great suit worn with eccentric striped shirt, a very-Satorialist pocket square and an It man accessory – the slim knitted tie. The latter is turning up everywhere – from ASOS to Alexander McQueen via Beyond the Valley. Boyfriends of the super-beautiful get short shrift in the ‘lad press’ (Jamie Hince being a popular target, including ‘worst dressed’ nominations). In the spirit of Valentines, I’d like to suggest that Albert Jr has an eye for more than the ladies.

[Image: Wenn]

Accessories, Luggage, Trends

Seen on the street: old-school canvas rucksacks

By Colin Chapman on February 5th, 2009

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Sometimes online shopping can be as exhausting as a trudge round the real shops (remember them?) So whilst all the coolest backs in town seem to have an old-school canvas rucksack slung across them, tracking said item down online is more tricky. ASOS had the most perfect option by Cuckoo but are now out of stock. If like me you lack the patience to request a restock, what else is out there? Foregoing the sometimes-scary world of army surplus sites (gas mask anyone?) there are still some options online.

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Clothing, Trends

Bistroteque: internet shopping at ASOS whilst you’re snowed in

By Colin Chapman on February 2nd, 2009

Given the snowy conditions out there you might not be thinking about your spring wardrobe just yet, but fashion waits for no man and what better distraction from the ensuing chaos than some internet shopping? ASOS are fully stocked for summer, with some great options in chambray and seersucker. This dark chambray, unstructured blazer (similar to the Acne/Lanvin collaboration) is a great staple. Seersucker has been building popularity over the last few summers and a pair of slim-fitting pants with that charming fine stripe is a great use of the fabric. The denim barrel bag is a snip at less than £10. Finally this short-sleeved chambray shirt with polo-type collar and the desert boots in lovely soft tones are both steals.

ASOS are promoting this look through a themed video called Bistroteque – a name many Londoners would associate with Hackney’s trendy bistro/drag cabaret venue rather than ‘Riviera chic’ but it certainly sets the tone.

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