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Topman turn to tweed for AW12 Premium Suiting Collection

Looking for a new suit to see you through the winter months? Topman’s newly revealed AW12 Premium Suiting Collection doffs its cap to traditional styles, using coloured herringbones and houndstooth, multi flecked birdseye, tweed and fine Italian fabrics for a classic, nostalgic look without breaking the bank. Consisting of the Harris Tweed line, the Made in England range and the inaugural …

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Gerald LynchTopman turn to tweed for AW12 Premium Suiting Collection
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10 Men’s Trophy Jumpers to warm your winter wardrobe

Bit chilly out, isn’t it? If you’re still running about in flip-flops and short sleeves then a) You’re mental and b) take a look at the calendar, it’s the middle of October! Global warming may be jumbling up the seasons like a misguided game of drunken Twister, but winter’s definitely kicking in now. If the change in weather has caught …

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Gerald Lynch10 Men’s Trophy Jumpers to warm your winter wardrobe

ALOHA!: Ten almost-tasteful Hawaiian print shirts

When the summer heat kicks up a wavy haze off the concrete city streets, we know it can be tough to resist the urge to laze around in just your lightest shirts and underwear. Yet, we just can’t accept the return of the Hawaiian shirt, this summer’s slob-chic must-have. It’s like someone covered themselves in wallpaper paste, tore the pages …

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Gerald LynchALOHA!: Ten almost-tasteful Hawaiian print shirts
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Topman General Store Shoreditch

Topman have just launched their latest concept store in Brandish’s very own neighbourhood – Shoreditch, London. The store is set to function as a social and fashion destination for the local community. With its exposed brickwalls, it has a very NYC vibe to it and will feature a curated selection of key Topman pieces, seasonal project collaborations with a handful …

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Topman LENS 2011 Fall/Winter Collection

The weather over the last few weeks has hardly been summer like, so it is some what appropriate that Topman LENS has just unveiled their Fall/Winter 2011 lookbook. Staring Yannick Abrath and shot by photographer Ben Weller, the collection features a wide range of styles from designers including J.W. Anderson, Dusty, Daniel Jackson, Uniforms for the Dedicated, New Power Studio …

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Get the Topman Spring Utility look

Topman has launched their Spring Utility collection, which offers a modern take on causal work wear. The collection as it name suggest, draws upon utility styling and heritage influences to modernize classic shapes such as the mac, chino and shirt. The colour pallet is composed of rich tones of tobacco, burgundy and khaki, which gives the pieces a sophisticated feel. …

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Unusual Trends For 2O11: The Crop Top

Topman Crop Top Calvin Klein Crop Top The year is still relatively fresh, and most of us are starting to check out 2011’s spring/summer collections in anticipation of spotting any future trends. However, sometimes you come across something that simply leaves you bemused. The Crop top is one of them. This unusual yet bold idea has shown up in look …

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Topman LTD Collection

Another great collection from Topman this season is their LTD line. LTD is a new concept from the Topman in-house design team which delivers sophisticated, luxe collections with an emphasis on design, detail, fabric and fashion. Inspired by the practical wardrobe of New England Dockyard workers – LTD  focuses on practical work wear, simple uniform looks with a nod to …

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Topman: Get The U-Bahn Look

Topman has really upped their game this season, starting with the recent release of the U-Bahn collection. This look sees catwalk trends inspired by Berlin’s edgy underground scene and pays homage to post-punk. Built on tough sculpted shapes, it is all about creating a fresh silhouette littered with antiqued military detail. Check out the gallery below, where I have chosen …

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TopMan A.D Project Celebrates Guy Fawkes Night

This weekend bonfires and firework work displays will be taking place across the country for Guy Fawkes Night. To celebrate Topman has created a really cool collection of limited edition monochromatic t-shirts based on the now infamous 1605 gunpowder plot. The shirts are a part of the A.D project, a concept graphic t-shirt collection that takes inspiration from historical events …

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LauraTopMan A.D Project Celebrates Guy Fawkes Night

Acting like a big kid: yellow raincoats

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Its raining its pouring, and if you’d forgotten about the need to cover up you may be considering a new rainwear purchase. With outdoor gear like mountaineering boots already looking hot for autumn, embrace your inner fisherman now and head into the deluge in a traditional yellow rain mac. Topman have a lightweight zip-up version availalable, perfect for staying visible in a wet festival. For something longer lasting that will see you through to autumn’s downfalls there’s this beauty from ASOS or the most authentic of the lot (courtesy of Valet) is this shiny, yellow raincoat by L.L Bean. Avoid brightly coloured wellingtons to fend off the worst Paddington Bear comments.

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Head to toe: cool summer pick for hot nights

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With sales in full swing and the heat here to stay, now is the time to put together an outfit for those balmy evenings when you want to turn heads during your evening ‘paseo’. A mix of high street and simple staples can pull together current menswear trends without trying too hard. First up, this very fun sailor hat from Topman, with authentic braiding detail. With such quirky headgear best to keep the rest simple, hence the simple tank (buy a size up) and black cuffed shorts. The mix of brown shoes with black clothing is very 2009 and these battered-looking Oxfords would look great matched with cotton socks in a soft pastel shade, like a cream or lemon.

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5 beach totes: pack up and go in style

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With beach time and festivals ongoing, a pick of the best totes is timely. Topman continue to have some bang on-trend totes, this lion playing card print would look great with a foppish English garden party ensemble. Or try the acid Aztec print for a MGMT/summer festival psychedelic spin. Speaking of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn idyll’s other favourite sons, Yeasayer, have this lovely hand print denim tote available from their merchandise site. Prefer back straps to shouldering a flimsy tote bag? This steel wire backpack from Manufactum is from an original Bauhaus design and will make you look arty (just make sure your reading material is suitably highbrow – Grazia just won’t do). If you really need to lug a load of stuff around with you, Uniqlo have very affordable cute backpacks in some perky colours.

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Don’t sweat like the rest. Rock a vest!

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Being on public transport in the glorious-but-annoyingly-timed-to-coincide-with-the-working-week heat wave is pretty grim. Buses, trains and especially the Tube are hotter than Bin Laden’s pager number, if you were naked you would still be wearing to much. Clearly you can’t rock out with your cock out on public transport, however you can compromise with Granddad’s favourite, a vest.

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Outfit pick: Summer on the high street

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There’s a lot of great summer items out there on the high street, even without the sales. Topman in particular are doing well replacing the label’s history of sweatshop man-made horrors with on trend items in natural fabrics. But first up is Uniqlo, these pink washed chinos are very Hamptons, an easy shape to wear in a brave colour. Button down shirts and denim continue to be trends in shirting .. and Topman combine both in one lovely, slender shirt. Their Liberty-print floral bow tie would be a great contrast and is a keeper. Finally, how nice are these patent grey sandals? Sadly sold out online, hit the stores (especially if you can reach one out of town) to nab a pair.

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Brandish’s too good for Father’s Day gallery

We’re all for giving, but how many times have you been out shopping for someone and bought something for yours truly? Our Father’s Day gift guide is great if you want to give your dad a push in the right style direction, there’s nothing too out there or kooky, just a few pieces that will give a little panache to …

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Gallery: Summer Shorts

Summer is most definitely here, at least for today and if you’re sweltering under the heat of some office trousers we feel your pain. Actually we’ve got our legs out, sorry.

Take a look at our guide to this summer’s shorts, we’ve trawled the internet for the best in short trousers to keep your legs cool and your outfit stylish without a toggle, cargo pocket or zip in sight. There’s something for everyone from denim to tailored and also floral pair you’ll love, honest!

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No-way-farers

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There’s an urban myth that in London that you are never 8 feet away from a rat, it’s clearly bullshit but you try to get 8 feet away from a pair of Wayfarers this summer- you won’t. The number of companies ripping off the Ray Ban original is staggering with prices and quality ranging from £12 for a cheap pair from Topman up to £115 for a pair of Ray Ban’s from ASOS.

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Top 5: Skinny Summer Ties

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The Times has a feature at the moment detailing the changing size of the common tie as we go through decades of economic change. Apparently John Lewis has announced “a dramatic inch-loss of nearly 25 per cent in width over the past six months” with its most popular ties. Charlie Allen, the famous tailor Brandish recently had an exclusive sit-down with over the new ‘n’ improved England kit, told the Times that “the impact of economic turmoil on tie design can be traced back through the previous recessions of the 20th century. While postwar Britain and the Swinging Sixties embraced exaggerated prints and widths of up to 5in, the downturns of the 1930s and 1980s saw sizes reduce to as little as an inch.”

See after the jump for my Top 5 ‘Skinny Summer ties’- on the cheap for your enjoyment! (They’re all under £10)

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Will ReidTop 5: Skinny Summer Ties