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Steal His Style: Best Dressed Star 2011

11 Feb

As they do every year, GQ magazine have published their 50 Most Stylish Men in Britain list and yet again it is full of super famous, super rich people wearing super expensive clothes. Given that 2010 was an exceptionally strong year for men’s High Street fashion there was little reference to chaps who champion affordable trends.

HIGHMAN FASHION’s Best Dressed Star showcases the best trends that celebrities are sporting that are either from, or can be replicated on the high street. As you will see there is a range of different looks which highlight just how diverse and versatile men’s fashion is becoming. The men that made the list have a real sense of how to dress and demonstrate that wearing High Street doesn’t mean you can’t look just as sharp.

5. Olly Murs

A self confessed shop-o-holic, Olly is far from the typified Essex lad obsessed with naff diamonte encrusted t-shirts. His look is inspired by the 90s Britpop look with Ben Sherman shirts and Fred Perry overcoats, but is brought up to date with on-trend pieces such as his infamous trilby and skinny chinos and jeans. Mr Murs is also a master at incorporating tailoring into his look without going overboard.  Wearing a blazer over a tee or polo with contrasting trousers keeps it casual and laid back, while Olly’s summer look incorporates tailored shorts and tasselled loafers. But the blending of smart and casual doesn’t mean Olly can’t pull off a suit and he demonstrates exactly why grey skinny suits are so on trend.

Topman, £14

Topman, £26

River Island, £44.99


River Island, £29.99

4. Tinie Tempah

Here is a man who really has his own sense of how to dress for his image. Staying true to his self styled look, Tinie dresses suits down by wearing hi-top trainers and is always fun and colourful. More casually, he wears a bright graphic tee underneath either a leather jacket or a denim shirt and plays around with either carrot or slim fit dark denim jeans or coloured chinos. His style is a twist on urban tradition and the playboy and geek looks with the addition of his big framed specs, which he is never seen without.

Topman, £14

River Island, £49.99

Topman, £38

Nike, £43.89

3. Ed Westwick

While his Gossip Girl character may be a little more outlandish with his fashion sense, Ed still has a very strong sense of style, which is probably why he has become a regular fixture at catwalk shows alongside Alexa Chung et al. If that wasn’t enough, his status as a male fashionista with cemented with his own fashion shoot in GQ magazine. He’s got a very definite rock look with leather jackets, deep neck V tees, aviators, military boots and band t-shirts but also throws is Sloane-esque elements that wouldn’t look so out-of-place on Chuck Bass, with coloured chinos, rolled up denim and loafers . He’s also not afraid to experiment with men’s jewellery, adding wrist wear and retro necklaces to outfits.

Zara, £59.99


Topman, £20


Topman, £40


Next, £75


2. George Lamb

While he may have started out as an Alex Zane clone and spent quite a long time experimenting with crazy bow-ties on Big Brother’s Little Brother, it seems as is Lamb Jr has found his niche. What is so key is George’s look is his adaptations to the quintessential English gentleman look. Traditional materials such as tweed and chord are brightened up by incorporating colour. On a dress down day, George is the chief of the rolled up chino and espadrille.

Topman, £85


H&M, £14.99

River Island, £9.99

1.  Aiden Grimshaw

While most contestants come onto The X Factor looking as if they dressed in a darkened room, Aiden was a shining beacon of hope in a sea of blandness when he auditioned for the talent show this summer. Having already got a sense of how to dress, he was assisted by Grace Woodward to achieve some great looks (bar those dreadful harem pants) during his time in the competition. His heavy reliance on chunky knitwear and the man scarf may not have been popular with all, but both he and his stylists really tapped into how to make fashion fun and accessible for young guys again – something which Company magazine editor, Victoria White calls ‘The One Direction Effect’. Aiden’s more formal looks such as the velvet blazer and scarf (worn above) and the floaty shirt worn during his ‘Mad World’ performance are heavily influenced by Morrissey, not least because of the quiff hairdo.  His casual look draws on many different colours, layers and textures in a way that is very easy to replicate on the high street and doesn’t alienate the less daring, which is why he earns the title of HIGHMAN FASHION’s Best Dressed Star of 2011.

Topman, £12


Topman, £42

River Island, £32.99

Topman, £14

Topman, £28

Office, £38.99

Who do you think was an accessible fashion advocatde in 2010 and who do you think will be wearing the latest trends best in 2011?

Style Spot: Vintage in Cardiff and on the High Street

31 Dec

Vintage fashion has a strange relationship with the high street. While you would think that they are often fiercely opposed to each other, many fashion conscious men are happy to embrace both. HIGHMAN FASHION looks at the pop up fairs in Cardiff and how they can live in harmony with the high street.

There is a lot to look forward to in 2011 if you are a vintage fashion fan in Cardiff. The scene has always been booming business in the Welsh Capital with a plethora of vintage boutiques lining the city’s famous arcades. But now a new breed of pop up fairs is allowing bargain hunters to gorge on more goodies.

One of Cardiff’s most popular vintage fairs is the Blind Lemon Vintage Fair, which returns to the city on 6th February, bringing with it over 40 stalls of good quality vintage under the roof of City Hall.

Blind Lemon Vintage owner Edwin Dyson

Starting as a clothing store in Narberth in Pembrokeshire back in 2005, the concept developed into a travelling fair across Southwest England and South Wales, in order to meet a need for a good choice of vintage clothing and accessories.

Owner Edwin Dyson explains that it is one of his favourite cities:

“Cardiff is one of my most popular fairs, with on average 800 coming along during the day. Although Cardiff has less vintage shops than somewhere like say, Bristol, it still has two universities and a vibrant live music and cultural scene.”

The previous Bland Lemon Vintage Fair at Cardiff's City Hall

But Blind Lemon is not alone on the Cardiff vintage pop-up scene. Buffalo Boutique is a monthly vintage fair that takes place at the popular Buffalo Bar on Windsor Place, and after taking a short break, it returns on the 16th February. Based on the idea of ‘pop-up shops’, each stall has its own identity and products range from the 1950s up to the 1990s.

Owned by the couple behind Looby Loo’s concession Kooki Two Bit, Chris and Hana also believe that Cardiff is fast becoming a thriving city for vintage fashion:

“The vintage scene in Cardiff is becoming really strong. There appears to be far more interest among students, I think because of the value it offers and it is becoming far more popular with more fashion conscious buyers looking for a unique style.

“I think that some people in Cardiff still see vintage as ‘second-hand’ and have a little bit of a naive view, preferring the high street instead.  People are easily influenced by what they see in the high street, as they have not had much on offer in the past in terms of vintage stores and fairs.”

From vintage to high street

However, vintage is not always about dressing head to toe in quirky clobber, looking as if the past threw up on you. It can be blended with high street pieces to create a look that is different to the everyday.

Vintage trader Geoff Waldron

As Blind Lemon stall holder, Geoff Waldron explains, many high street designs are inspired by vintage items, but that vintage is always that one step ahead in the fashion steaks:

“At the moment peacoats, chunky knits, cable knit jumpers and brogues are really popular on the high street and you can get them from Topshop and Topman, but their inspiration came from us. We have been selling these items way before the high street caught on to them.

“People still buy them from us because they’re all different and you won’t be wearing the same thing as everyone else,” Geoff explains.

I’ve got a few vintage bits and bobs but the problem I have with vintage shopping is that often I pick up something that I absolutely love but it’s the wrong size or has a fault with it that I don’t have the seemsmanship to fix. Like many other shoppers I pick out the vintage inspired items from high street stores because it’s less hassle and I don’t have to spend hours rummaging only to be disappointed.

If you like me love the vintage look but you like your shops set out neatly with a guarantee of getting what you want, the high street do offer some great vintage alternatives.

Steal his style

HIGHMAN FASHION went to the last Blind Lemon Vintage Fashion Fair to see if the best vintage looks could be replicated on the high street.

James, 23, librarian and vintage seller

James wears his loafers with a turned up pair of dark denim skinny jeans and braces:

“I really like the tasselled loafers at the moment. They’re a natural progression from the boating shoe which has been popular the past few years.”

Perfect for casual wear of formal wear, the high street offers a range for both occasions. River Island have kept it playful with coloured suede, while Burton and Topman both have offers available on their more traditional styles in their sales.

Star Style... Olly Murs

Brogued tasselled loafers, ASOS, £130

Brown tasselled loafers, Burton, Was £45 Now £20

Blue lace detail loafers, River Island, £39.99







Olly Murs wears a brown pair of loafers with chinos and a chunky kit.





Tom, 25, vintage seller

Tom wears a Barbour jacket with light denim skinny jeans and plimpsoles.

“I love my Barbour. It took me ages to find the exact one I wanted but I’m so glad I found it.”

Barbour, wax and quilted jackets are becoming ever popular, but be careful when trying to pull off this look, otherwise you could end up looking like you’re off out on a fox hunt. Tom has got the look just right here, keeping it casual with jeans.

Grey quilted casual jacket, River Island, £49.99

Navy jersey quilted jacket, Topman, £50


Alistair, 28, medical secretary

Alistair wears a tweed jacket with a plain white tee and dark denim slim jeans.

“It’s nice to buy something that you don’t usually see on the high street. I found my tweed jacket at a fair like this.”

Well Alistair, we’ve found you some high street options! How about a war inspired grey tweed or a more modern skinny fit blazer?


Charcoal donkey skinny blazer, Topman, £84

Grey tweed elbow patch jacket, Topman, £150

Star Style... George Lamb

Why not try layering up a more formal look like George Lamb with a shirt, jumper and slim coloured cords, complete with brogues.

If you want to find out about women’s vintage fashion, why not check out Peace, Love and Polkadots, Cardiff Chic and Vintage Cardiff for starters.