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

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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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Style: John Smedley adds classic cotton polo shirts to its sale site

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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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John Smedley adds new Jumpers and Polo Shirts to its sales sites

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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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John Smedley in massive jumper/cardigan sale

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

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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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Trend alert – 60s mod monochrome black and white shirts, trousers and more

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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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7 Classic Christmas jumpers – stylish men’s knitwear you can wear all winter long

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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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Brandish Christmas List #4 John Smedley Gift Hamper

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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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Perfect summer layering: John Smedley Blue cardie

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This is the point in the year when layering becomes essential. With your peacoat professionally cleaned and (hopefully) being relegated to the wardrobe until autumn, what you need now is some flexible options. One of my perennials is a Sea Island cotton cardigan by John Smedley. Heavier than the usually slinky Sea Island fare, this cardigan will keep the breeze at bay whilst allowing you to breath comfortably during those sweaty Tube moments. I’ve literally had a black version of this cardie for years, actually re-dyeing it black when it starts to fade. It’s a great shape – short on the waist – with chunky, retro-looking buttons.

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John Smedley Polo shirt

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So, you’ve decided to go nautical this
season – good choice. Most of the pieces are pretty timeless on their own and
together it’s a look that won’t be copied by many, allowing you some
individuality. The absolute best thing about the nautical look is that you’re
spoilt for choice from the waist down. Finding the perfect top to finish off
your look can be a quite a challenge but John Smedley aim to make the task
easier with this Polo
shirt
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John Smedley V-neck jumper

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Judging from the price drops at Asos, the
John Smedley collection isn’t selling very well. Originally at £100, it first
dropped to £50, now it’s dropped to a lowly
£32
. I’m not surprised. Smedley’s uniqiue selling point was that Sean
Connery wears it. So what? He’s well into his 70’s now and his Bond days
were a long, long time ago. Not to mention terrible. Just like all Bond films.

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