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Dressing well in the festive periods

Sponsored post When it comes to dressing to impress during the festive season there are a number of different styles to go for, as well as a few that should be avoided at all costs. The most important thing is confidence, if you feel good in what you’re wearing it’ll show and you’ll look great too. Dress for the occasion …

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Have an unusual Christmas with Selfridges

Sponsored post What happens if you put one ballerina, a pair of Pearly Kings and Queens dancing, two shirtless male models by a fir tree, five cute puppies and a Father Christmas with dreadlocks in a studio all themed to swinging Christmassy jazz tunes? The result is not your usual Christmas… This festive season Selfridges has teamed up with photographer …

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Storm Watches reveal AW2012 Black, Remex and Dualtec styles

We love our British brands here at Brandish, and there’s no wristwatch house here in Blighty we love more than Storm. Revealing their 2012 range, we wen’t down to see their AW2012 collection at a preview event in London today. Combining retro mechanical aesthetics alongside items with a more futuristic feel, there’s something for everyone this year. We’ve picked out …

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Top 5 Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Amongst my friends and family the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party has become a bit of an institution. My favourite sweater was this great red Christmas tree one, lovingly made by my Grandmother. It featured real working lights attached to its own personal battery pack with various flashing settings…. fortunately I don’t have a picture to share. In my opinion Christmas …

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Brandish to the Credit Crunch Rescue: It-Accessory £3.75 from £30!

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You know when relatives get Christmas presents that just get under your skin? Well, Hama beads were that present during this holiday season. Whether in my pockets, in my shoes, woven onto my laces, down my skinny jeans (don’t ask!) they were everywhere.

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Love The Look: Toby Jones/ Truman Capote in ‘Infamous’

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During the Christmas season, I was lovingly entrusted with a vintage copy of Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood.’ The book has definitely lived up to its reputation and the two films that have been made about the creation of the book (‘Capote’ starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and ‘Infamous’ with Toby Jones) offer not only a great plot but awesome fashion.

To achieve the look, buy simple jumpers in bright colours and wear them with trenches and blazers in base colours such as khaki, black and brown…

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Merry Christmas from Brandish

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Merry Christmas Brandish Readers!

With the H&M CDG, Andrew Price’s Priceless range for Topman and Giles for New Look collabs, Gareth Pugh’s forthcoming men’s range and people like Andre Benjamin upping the style stakes it’s been a great year for menswear (let’s just gloss over the Wishroom’s men’s bra!)

If you’ve opened your presents, had a sip of Buck’s Fizz and eaten your way through a tin of Roses’ Chocs and are still bored then enter our Great Christmas Giveaway!

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Will’s Christmas Outfit Picks: Topman ‘Exclamation Mark Print’ Polo

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Note to Editor: Can we feature pieces we bought just yesterday?

Now that I’ve cleared that up, I can proceed with this Christmas Outfit Pick. This polo is a great find and the loud print is definitely eye-catching. I found it in Topman yesterday afternoon and it was reduced to £10 from £16. In the image, the polo looks black but it is actually blue and the print looks slightly bigger (as opposed to the foot-print looking print pictured!)

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Brandish Christmas Picks: Comme Des Garçons – Synthetics

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Tis the season to buy fragrance but this year I’m looking for something a little more leftfield than Lynx shower gel, I want the Comme Des Garçons – Synthetics line. If you hadn’t heard and to be fair I hadn’t, this is series six in a line of fragrances from CDG each with their own theme.

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Yay or Nay: CrapWrap by Firebox.com

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“Bored of perfectly folded paper and exquisitely tied ribbon? Fancy adding a more ‘personal’ touch this year? Then why not have your Christmas presents CrapWrapped™ at Firebox. This exclusive, uniquely shoddy gift wrapping option involves us wrapping your pressies in a slapdash fashion. “

The Daily Mail reports that Firebox.com is paying “20 of its male forklift truck drivers and warehouse assistants to wrap presents as quickly as possible, using ugly brown duct tape and very little care” for their latest ‘CrapWrap’ service. The service has proved popular with over 500 Firebox customers after only a week of its launch but what do you think?

Is it a bit stereotypical to say that all men are bad at wrapping or do you agree with Geraldine James, buying manager for Christmas gifts at Selfridges, who states that “men are perfectly capable of wrapping presents beautifully. They choose to pretend they can’t so they don’t have to do it.”

Vote ‘Yay or Nay’ to the service after the jump!

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Stuck for gift ideas for your female friends?

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Over at Catwalk Queen we’ve been trawling the internet for the best gift ideas for Christmas. If you’re stuck for present inspiration or you can’t get into the coveted mental ‘gift zone’ (hey I use a colour-coded spreadsheet and I’m not even joking) then check out the Wishlists compiled by the CQ team.

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Nooka Zon and Zoc

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A far cry from the traditional design of the Rolex Submariner, New York based watch brand Nooka has added a couple of new pieces to its Christmas 08 collection. Both pieces sporting interesting design features and high quality construction and materials. These watches are for the man who feels a traditional dial watch is beneath him, though I don’t know how well I’d fair at reading these with a skin full of Christmas Spirit.

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Brandish Christmas Picks: Fingerless gloves by Raf Simons and Topman Ute Ploier

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Check out our trio of fingerless gloves for Christmas, from Secret Santa to Secret Crush there’s something for every budget.

Topman‘s fingerless mittens at £8 are perfect for eating crisps at the bus stop then safely stowing your fingers away until said bus arrives.

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Present Tense: Gifts for a luxe Christmas

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Aspirational present ideas for your friends and loved ones, there is nothing more luxe than carrying a nifty china version of a disposable coffee cup and it’s eco-friendly to boot. A bow tie spruces up a simple shirt no end and the Topman Fairisle scarf is a lot cheaper than it looks.

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Brandish Christmas Picks: Mishka Don’t Fear The Reaper T-Shirt

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Mishka make some pretty wicked T’s, for one there is the awesome collab they did with Richard Kern bringing boobies into your fashion life. For me though not much tops the awesome 80′s Metalness of this t-shirt. Entitled “DON’T FEAR THE REAPER” and coming in two colours- black and white, this is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

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Brandish Christmas Picks: Rolex iD

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This season of good will someone better had good will me up a custom Rolex with my name on it. Coming from Bamford’s Watch Department this website lets you pick custom colours and engravings for your own Rolex Submariner. Prices starting at around £7000 these don’t come cheap, but then some people are worth it (me).

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Men.Style- ‘The Ultimate Party Guide’ by The Upgrader

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Men.Style is great for tongue-in-cheek features and their
is not only perfectly-timed but a great read and (just to add some sense of validity to this post,) a good laugh. The feature aims to make you “a legendary host” and the site has got a few of America’s most refined movers ‘n’ shakers on-board to add their two pence to the Christmas-party-nightmare cup.

If you are planning to throw a party and you really hope it lives up to the obviously high-expectations of those who actually enjoy Christmas (which I hope is all Brandish readers!) then you have to read the full run-down of the guide after the jump!

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