The classic T-shirt


Is a style of fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body & sleeves, it’s also normally has a crew neck but  you can get them in a V-neck, the fits can come in slim & general fit, they are traditionally made from cotton, and a have a smooth feel to them, the T-shirt evolved from underwear, During the first world war T-shirts were issued to sailors US sailors, they soon became popular with manual workers as undergarments, because it was easily fitted & easily cleaned also very inexpensive, parents started buy them for their kids to wear, after the World War II ex-service men started to wear them in civvy streets, then came it crowning glory, Marlon Brando wore a simple T-shirt in the film  A Streetcar Named Desire, it achieved a fashion icon statues, soon all young kids in college were wearing the classic T-shirt. 

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Marlon Brando in the famous film A Streetcar Named Desire which made the T-shirt fashionable

During the 60s the era of free love & Mod culture, T-shirts became a great way of advertising how people felt & advertising products,  screen-printing also became a cheap way for artists & small company’s to print their own T-shirts, in the 70s one such fashion designer called vivian westwood, designed the famous controversy Lonesome Cowboys image, it was of two naked cowboys only dressed in boots & hats facing each other, their penis nearly touching each other, it was taken away by the police because it was classed as porn at the time.

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Philip Michael Don Johnson in Miami Vice

During the 80s  Don Johnson wore T-shirts with Armani suits on Miami Vice, T-shirts became more of a fashion piece as the decade carried on, through the 90s they stayed a main stay of any mans wardrobe, all major men fashion labels stock T-shirts, there are even company’s who just sell printed T-shirts, the looks & style you can achieve are amazing, a T-shirt is not for casual use, they can be worn for smart dress to take a look at some looks I’ve put together.

Blazer

You can see by just adding a simple blazer with a pocket square the T-shirt becomes really classy & stylish

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Lets not for get the classic jeans & T-shirt look

SUIT

 Wearing a classic T-shirt with a suit is another classic if you can pull it off

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Another great look of the classic T-SHIRT is the simple dress down look mix it with a stylish hoodie for those Sunday walks to the shop

I normally don’t make a point about people wearing crap items of clothing, But a pet hate of mine is Grown men wearing cartoon T-shirts & they think they look cool, please these items of clothing are fine to lounge around in at home, but in public you look like a proper dick dead, dress your age & have some pride people.

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Funny but what a dick head

If your going to buy T-shirts look at the label, if it says skinny fit & you’re a fat guy, you will end up looking like beach ball, buy the right size & fit, to me you should have 3 plain T-shirts in your wardrobe, Navy,Grey,White these will give you the minim styles & looks you need,

By

Bob Redfern

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Baracuta


Baracuta started to make water-repellent outwear in the 1930 s in Manchester, Stockport, they are known for their world-famous versatility water-repellent cool mix cotton material, also the classic Fraser tartan lining they use in all their outwear, when it comes to casual jackets , Baracuta make one of the most recongnised Jackets in the world the Harrington G9, jacket, I love this jacket more than any thing, The jacket was adopted due to its design by golfers, it was light weight water-repellent great for sport use.

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Baracuta Original advertisement from 1937

Isaac Miller decide to export it to the american market, in the 1950s Elvis Presley wears a G9 in the film King Creole, it soon gained a cult following amongst  Hollywood celebrity’s, in a america they called it a wind breaker,  another star who made the G9 & Baracuta famous was the King of cool Steve McQueen, he was photographed hundreds of time wearing the G9, in 1963 Ryan O’Neill played the part of Rodney Harrington, in Peyton place this is wear the Baracuta G9 gets it unofficial name the Harrington Jacket, because the character wore a G9 all the time,

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 Steve McQueen wearing the classic stone colored G9 Harrington

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During the 70s  bands like the clash started to wear the G9 jacket while playing to thousands of fans, soon subcultures like mods, Rude boys ska, Punks adopted the jacket as a part of their look, very soon other apparel company’s started copy the design, Ralph Lauren copied the design except for the umbrella design back, its continues to be Baracuta`s main seller .in 2012 Baracuta celebrated  75 years of manufacturing outwear, they decide to relaunch manufacturing the UK at the same time, the brand still grows in strength, recently they launched the G10 rain coat to their outwear collection.

G4.

The G4 is the G9’s sibling, the other undisputed iconic garment from the collection, chosen by some for its straighter silhouette. New design for improved wear ability. Water repellent outer shell. Coolmax cotton Fraser Tartan lining. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Side adjusters.

G9

Much copied but never bettered, the G9 is the definitive, authentic Harrington Jacket. Worn and loved throughout history by mainstream artists, sports stars and underground music idols, is known and appreciated for its versatility and undisputed style. New design for improved wear ability. Water repellent outer shell. Coolmax cotton Fraser Tartan lining. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Ribbed waist and cuffs.

g10

A new icon straight from the Baracuta tradition: the G10 single breast raincoat. From the archive jacket from the 60s. Shirt collar. Button fastening. Flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Cotton/poly Barapel outer. Water repellent. Coolmax cotton Fraser Tartan/solid lining. Regular fit.

Eskmio

Short length eskimo jacket. Fishtail parka inspired. Zip and button fastening. Flap pockets. Drawstring at hem. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Side adjusters. Detachable eco fur trim. Cotton/poly Barapel outer. Water repellent. Poly/cotton/wool blend Coolmax tartan lining. Primaloft insulation. Warmth: very warm.

Leather

Distressed high quality leather G9 Harrington jacket. 100% washed leather outer. Poly/cotton/wool blend tartan lining. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Ribbed waist and cuffs. Regular fit.

http://www.baracuta.com

so you can see why Baracuta is a fashion leader in street wear, even after 75 years you wont find any thing better in style & quality, don’t buy one of the copies get the original well worth the investment.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Classic chinos / Khakis


Chino or Khaki’s as the Americans call them, are cotton twill trousers made of 100% cotton, they also come in different weaves from heavy twill to soft cotton, they come in different styles & fits from straight leg to a tapered leg even skinny fit, one of the best things about chinos/Khakis is they come in every colour you can think of, today more people now wear chinos than before, one of the reasons why people wear chinos/khakis its their versatility, with jeans you can only wear them for casual wear, with chinos/khakis you can wear them for casual & smart dress , so investing into a pair won’t just save you money, it will also give more options when you put an outfit together.

WW2 GI in service dress chinos / khakis

WW2 GI in service dress chinos / khakis

Chino/Khakis them self’s are over hundred years old, originally invented for the military, Khaki means “soil-colour” in Hindu, the word chino means china in Spanish, after the second world was the GI bill came in giving ex-servicemen the chance to go to college, a lot of ex-servicemen kept their khaki service pants and wore them into civy street, soon the look caught on with every day college kids,

Levi`s Sta press trousers

Levi`s Sta press trousers

In the 60s men’s fashion changed very quickly, it moved from smart to a more casual dress, soon company’s like Levi’s to Farah in Texas started to make causal trousers for the Masses’, Levi’s invented the Sta press trouser while Farah invented a twill trouser, both were still a cotton trouser but the weave & the style was different, soon certain subcultures like mods etc adopted them as part of their look, they became the trousers to dress in when you went out.

Dad`s trying to look cool in chino / khaki`s not a good look

Dad`s trying to look cool in chino / khaki`s not a good look

Over the last couple of decades chinos/Khakis became more of a dads casual trousers, so young Fashionistas stayed away from that look, but thanks to new designs & better marketing chinos are back with a bang, one of those company’s bringing the chinos/Khaki’s back into vogue is Docker`s, Levi’s casual trouser brand, their latest design is a low sitting trouser with a tapered  fit leg, very stylish definitely not your dads chinos/khaki’s.

So if your interested in getting a pair think about the style your going for, with Chino/Khakis they come in many fits so you can be picky what you want, straight leg is simply a straight leg which gives you a relaxed look, “this is the dad look”, then you have a tapered fit, simply the legs are more narrow giving you a modern stylish look, then you have skinny fit not a good look if you’re a fat guy, colours are your next choice, my advice keep it simple go for a tan or dark colour, you can go for red or yellow but you might end up looking like a clown on his day off.

Dress up with your chino / khaki`s just add a blazer.

Dress up with your chino / khaki`s just add a blazer.

Picking the wright colour chino / khaki`s will give you a stylish look

Picking the right colour chino / khaki`s will give you a stylish look

mixing your chino / khaki`s with a gingham shirt & cardigan is a very chic look

mixing your chino / khaki`s with a gingham shirt & cardigan is a very chic look

Why not try a sweater in a lighter colour than your chinos giving your self a fresh stylish look

Why not try a sweater in a lighter colour with your chinos / khaki`s giving you a fresh stylish look

I hope I`ve got your minds thinking, remember fashion is what you make it be you no one else. there are hundreds of ways you can wear chino / khaki`s, but the style & the colour is down to you, what ever you choose your going to look amazing.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Merc London mod`s fashion label


Merc Clothing London is a United Kingdom-based clothing company, it was started by Javid Alavi in London in 1967,in the heart of London on Carnaby Street. Merc Clothing specializes in the production of shirts, trousers, suits, parkers, Harrington jackets, shoes and accessories for men, 47 years later & many mod revivals later.  Merc is still going . Mod fashion transcends decades, sharp looks from different eras mold and shape the styles of today including the ever-present Harrington Jacket.Although the brand originally focused on the mod and skinhead styles.

Carnaby Street in the 1960s

Carnaby Street in the 1960s

The brand was legally registered as Merc in 1998, so its official existence is relatively short compared to what the sometimes used name “Merc1967”, Since 1997-98, Merc has placed more emphasis in their own collections and has gradually abandoned trading with other brand’s items,like Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, it now a  brand and business. , releasing just two collections per year which include accessories. 

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Merc bags were key to their marketing

Merc no longer have a store, their shop on Carnaby street closed a couple of years ago, it still trades online today, but its style & name still has a world-wide following, they are moving away from the Mods & Skinheads style, More to retro clothing for the every day stylish man.

Merc oxford shirt

Merc oxford shirt

http://www.merc.com/

Merc navy blue cardigan

Merc navy blue cardigan

http://www.merc.com/

Merc Harrington jacket

Merc Harrington jacket

http://www.merc.com/

Merc sta pess trousers

Merc sta pess trousers

http://www.merc.com/

Merc fashion blazer

Merc fashion blazer

http://www.merc.com/

Merc polo shirt

Merc polo shirt

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Merc Suede brouges

Merc Suede brogues

http://www.merc.com/

So I hope I have inspired you to take a look at another iconic British brand that helped to start a revolution in men’s fashion

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Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD