NASTY GUY





Hey guys, hope you've had a good weekend. It seems like the sales have started early, with nearly every high street shop and online store offering some kind of discount or promotion. For a savvy shopper like me, its a pretty good time to pick up a sweet bargain, cue killer tiger print shirt.



Sales are always a good time to grab yourself a statement piece for a whole lot less, however, I've always thought girls get a way better deal when it comes to the sales than the guys, am I right? Womenswear always seems to be a whole lot cheaper, meaning girls can get a whole lot more for a whole lot less, when it comes to clothing. That's why this week I've picked out this shirt. It's from a womenswear brand I'm sure you've all heard of and that's now actually based here in Manchester - Nasty Gal.





I bought this shirt because of its amazing animal print motif and to highlight the fact guys can wear (certain) pieces of womenswear to achieve the same overall look and style for a lot less cash. I mean, if I were to buy a shirt similar to this from a brand such as The Kooples, it would set me back around £120, this shirt which I picked up last weekend in Nasty Gals 50% off sale, cost me 10X less - coming in at just £12!





It was an easy decision to make, I bought it straight away, I do not believe in fast fashion. I know this piece was incredibly cheap but my plan was not simply to wear it once then throw it aside. I intend to treat this shirt with the same respect and care I would an expensive designer brand. 



Buying unisex items and styling them into my own look is something I've always done and find myself doing more frequently. I think styling is key when it comes to buying items designed for women but when worn in the right way and done in a manner that looks cool and confident, no one can tell you it's wrong. My thoughts on it, if it looks good when you wear it and you feel confident doing so, then bloody go out there and rock it. After all that's fashion and the coolest people I know wear their clothing in there own individual way, gender rules broken.





To shop the shirt which is still on sale click here. I bought the shirt in a size medium, to be honest it's a tiny bit too tight, I'm 6ft and I normally go for a small. I would say whichever size you are, go two above to be safe. You can also watch my YouTube video below where I describe this shirt in more detail and check in for a much needed catch up.

Cheers,







STYLED UP




Hey, welcome back! November is here and I for one can't quite believe it! Where did this year go? I feel like this year has gone so quickly, next thing you know it'll be Christmas, oh wait it actually will be! The cold weather is now well and truly here which means, both your and my outfits have all gone though a big seasonal change.

I often feel that day in and day out I wear the same old thing, summer and winter. Don't get me wrong a killer black biker jacket is good for any season, but I do agree, I do need to shake things up every now and again in the outfit department. Even my friends and family tell me I always seem to wear the same classic items again and again but after all that's my style.



The running joke is - "I wonder what your next post is going to feature? Are you going to pair it with your classic go-to black skinny jeans and leather jacket?". I get this particularly from my girlfriend Chloe. Well this weekend I did something about it!

To prove her and any doubters out there wrong, I gave Chloe the challenge of styling me using clothes she's really wanted to see wearing. My wardrobe doors were flung open and she was given full control. SCARY, I must say!



Chloe decided to style me in my old Kooples suit along with my Bella Freud jumper, which she had yet to see me in. She decided to pair it with a vintage shirt which boasts an elongated collar line. I picked this shirt up not so long ago in COW Vintage. It's black and white striped pattern clashed with the dark houndstooth of the suit to make for a statement look, paired with Chloe's vintage shades for that extra touch of rock'n roll.



This was a combination I'd never have worn myself. I guess it was a little out of my comfort zone, even though I was wearing all my own clothing, it's just not an outfit I'd normally put together myself. This was the point though, it was to wear  an outfit combination that I normally imagine wearing. This was the push I needed to sometimes mix it up a little.



Since the seasons have changed I'm going to make a conscious effort (every once in a while) to change from the norm, however, never forgetting my signature underlying style. That's the most important tip I have, if you want to dress a little differently, either a more casual outfit or just want a change, never forget your original style.


Boots: All Saints, Sunglasses Vintage

Shop the jumper at Bella Freud
Shop a similar suit at The Kooples