Men’s Free Style


Simple Simon
September 28, 2008, 18:05
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One of the main reasons I started this blog was to formulate a solution to the inherent problem with being a dedicated follower of fashion: your outfits quickly turn into things you wouldn’t even want to wash the car in.

The route to avoiding this happening is simple – as in, keeping it simple. Choosing a great array of basics is a sure-fire way of retaining year-in, year-out style, something that was recognised in a recent Indepedent Weekend Magazine article.

I guess a life without logos might be difficult to imagine if you’ve walked down the high street recently, but “stealth luxury” or not, my view is that there are some great affordable options out there to be snapped up. The article mentions a favourite of mine, Uniqlo, whose merino wool sweaters (like the one pictured below) are selling like hot-cakes.

Does the same apply to jeans? Well I suppose they have always been free of obvious branding (the Levi’s Red Tab and Diesel pocket patch have certainly wormed their way into our consciousness, but they’re hardly in Henley’s league), but H&M have adopted a rather subtle way of branding-without-branding by introducing the “&” sign to their denim collection.

Understatement – now that’s never gone out of fashion.

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Welcome!
September 19, 2008, 16:34
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Welcome to Men’s Free Style, the home of simple style that doesn’t break the bank (or even require you to spend any more money on clothes than you already do).

For too long I’ve been getting frustrated with men’s fashion magazines shoving ridiculously expensive and completely unwearable clothes down my throat in the name of style, when everybody knows that the whole thing works best when everybody has a good personal sense of what works and what doesn’t work for them.

From the humble Converse trainer, to the ubiquitous Levi’s 501s, the history of fashion is littered with examples of how you can put together a great wardrobe that really suits you but that doesn’t require top one percentile earnings to be spent on it.

My idea is to explore how a discerning guy can dress well on a relatively small budget –  thoughts and comments very welcome.