I’m a massive fan of sportswear and the 80’s inspired TV series Stranger Things so when the news of their collaborative capsule collection dropped into my inbox yesterday I literally gasped with excitement.
The new season of Stranger Things is set in the summer of 1985 and sees Hawkins, Indiana in the midst of big change. The 80’s nostalgia vibes are as prominent as ever and this, of course, extends to the cast’s wardrobe. Off-screen, this nostalgia is the impetus for the Nike Stranger Things collection, highlighting the Cortez, Blazer (two of my favourite ever Nike styles) and Tailwind.
The first drop of the Nike x Stranger Things capsule is expected on June 27th and incorporates Hawkins High’s green and orange colour scheme and Tiger mascot into a spirited mix of apparel and footwear. Sweat suits and T-shirts channel 1980s American phys-ed class style, and three footwear match accordingly.
A few days later the OG Pack, arrives (July 1st), and each shoe in this collection will carry a red, white and blue colour scheme and celebrates 1985 Independence Day with a year marker on the heel and special firework display sock liner.
It sounds awesome!
And for those of you wondering when Stranger Things season 3 arrives, you don’t have long to wait as it is coming to Netflix on July 4th .
Outlet shopping centres are the absolute best places to go to pick up some new gym gear or in fact sportswear in general in fact. After all, who really cares if your rocking last season’s running shorts? The prices are always way lower than the high street which means that you can get everything that you need without spending a small fortune.
Last week, I jumped in the car and drove down from Glasgow to the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village for the opening of their brand-new Nike Factory Store. It’s just off the motorway before you hit the English border and only took me about an hour to get too. They’ve just kicked off their New Vision, New Village project at Gretna and the new Nike store is the first phase of that. In the coming months, the whole centre is being given a swish new upgraded appearance but don’t worry as you will still be able to enjoy up to 60% off the RR.
The huge new Nike store at Gretna has a completely refreshed look. Everything from the floor up has been changed and the result is a great new store with a much more premium look and feel. In actual fact if it wasn’t for the lower prices you would easily think that this place was a full price store. The products are laid out really well in sections for different sports and activities so it’s really easy to shop what you are looking for too.
As you would expect from any Nike store, the emphasis is on footwear and they have a super range for men, women and kids that includes a lot of the iconic Nike styles. I even spotted a few really nice pairs of Air Max at almost half price too! It’s really worth having a good nose around on the lookout for bargains.
On the sportswear side of things, they have everything you need to dress for an active lifestyle, whether your thing is running, golf, football or something else. They also have essential items like classic the Nike sports socks at lower prices than I’ve seen anywhere else.
If you’re not in the market for some new sportswear then don’t write off a visit to Gretna Gateway as there are plenty of other big-name shops to keep you busy at too. I’d definitely recommend checking out the Polo Ralph Lauren shop and Boss shops. Both of them had special offers on during my visit so keep a look out for those, they made the already discounted prices even better value!
I’m very much of the mindset that classic fragrances should not be meddled with. After all, they are classics for a very good reason.
Terre d’Hermès is of course one such scent known for its citrus tops notes and woody base. Instead of altering the recipe for the fragrance, Hermès have produced an annual series of limited edition bottle designs to offer something a little different for its loyal fans.
The 2019 Terre d’Hermès limited edition take on the H bottle has just been released. The new design by the English illustrator Liubov Edwards was chosen from 636 that were submitted in this years digital contest and features a simplistic design on the glass which is said to be a symbolic exploration of the elements.
It’s available in both the Parfum and EDT version of Terre d’Hermès from Hermès stockists now.
There is nothing like a pair of boxfresh white sneakers to compliment your outfit. They always work perfectly to top it off no matter what the time of the year or the occasion and being a self-proclaimed sneakerhead myself I get particularly excited whenever I treat myself to a new pair.
At the moment the trend in ultra premium sneakers has led to a whole host of old and new brands and labels releasing some insanely expensive styles. These are great and I’m not knocking them or anyone who invests in them but for me personally, I’d sooner snap up a few pairs of slightly less inexpensive sneaks and wear them on rotation than throwing all of my pounds into the one pair of Common Projects or similar.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite clean white styles that are currently available on asos and all for around £100…
First up are the most expensive pair and my favourites at the moment. The adidas Originals Stan Smith Lea Sock Trainers in white which are priced at £110. These may seem a little pricey compared with regular Stan Smiths (which are always great too) but the premium gained leather looks fantastic, particularly with a smarter, tailored look.
If you prefer something a little more casual but from a non sports brand then the Selected Homme trainer with contrast sole is a great option too. I always find the areas around the sole are the first to get dirty looking so the darker sole makes it easier to keep them looking clean for longer. These are super comfy too and are priced at £90 on asos.
Lastly, I’ve picked out the classic white Puma Basket Trainers. These are a style that almost everyone has had at one point in their lives but the longevity that they maintain is testament to their timeless design. I’ve always found the Puma Basket to be a really hard-wearing sneaker so they are great for wearing on nights out as they can normally withhold being trodden. At £65 they are the bargain style from the list too.
If you’re quick the you can benefit from the current 15% off code that is live on asos (valid 31st October 2018 only). Simply use SCREAM15 at the checkout for 15% off your order!
Don’t forget to give treat your new shoes with a leather spray before you wear them as it really does make a difference in the long run and keeps them looking fresher for far longer. I normally just pick up a can from the supermarket for a few quid and that is enough to treat a few pairs of shoes. Remember to re-apply if you give them a clean or spruce up as you will be washing some of the protector off as well as the dirt!
Somehow, It’s already that time of the year where the temperature is dropping and we need to start thinking about our winter wardrobes. And as the key piece of any winter wardrobe, your jacket should be the first thing that you tick off on your wish list.
I’ve actually got a few really nice old jackets that I still bring out year after year and I’ll no doubt be yanking them out again this year but I do also like to pick up something new to freshen up my look. I’ve been keeping my eye on high street the past few weeks and have found a few potential contenders but one that has stood out for me is the Jaeger Icon Coat. A herringbone jacket that takes inspiration from the brands design archives.
The classic double-breasted overcoat has been reinterpreted for AW18 with inspiration being taken from Mark Rothko’s paintings through the use of a neutral grey colour palette that have been woven into the herringbone fabric that is milled in Yorkshire.
Jaeger are known for their timeless, well made clothing and this is clearly no exception. The price-tag of £395 may seem a little steep but as a coat that you can put on rotation for seasons to come this really is a great investment item.
The Jaeger Icon Coat is available in-store and online now.
Wrangler undoubtedly is one of those iconic American brands that everyone just knows. It’s unlikely that many of have got to the age we are without once owning or lusting after a pair of their jeans or one of the denim jackets.
For AW18, Wrangler have delved into their archives and picked out their best bits from the seventies and eighties and brought them up to date. The focus (of course) is on denim but in an oversized experimental fit, expect lots of layering and double denim (never a bad thing as far as I’m concerned) and utility wear too.
Like most other brands at the most, Wrangler have embraced the retro sportswear trend and have included updated ringer tees and colour blocked sweatshirts. If you’re into heritage denim brands, then here really is plenty to wet your whistle.
The men’s collection picks up on Wranglers Western influence. Sherpa jackets in denim or cord are teamed with jeans and check shirts. As for the denim collection, the favourite fits such as the modern straight leg Greensboro and slim Larston remain a key part.
In a nod to heritage, immersed in the expansive landscapes of North Carolina, Wrangler creates a dynamic collection that feels authentic, and continues to drive the brand forward.
Earlier this year Under Armour introduced HOVR, a brand new sports show cushioning system that was billed as the most intelligent ever. Not only does HOVR provide the ideal combination of cushioning for your foot it also works to provide a good rate of energy return.
The HOVR Phantom and Sonic silhouettes have already proven popular but the latest model the HOVR SLK is the first from the family to push a more lifestyle edge. While it’s predecessors are very much intended for physical activity, the HOVE SLK and it’s slightly sleeker shape make it the ideal super comfy trainer for just wearing day to day. They are still a great option for wearing to work out, but if you’re planning on putting in some serious hours of running in particular I’d recommend the HOVR Sonic instead which I think offers a little more support.
The SLK is super lightweight and the durable knit upper will ensure that your feet are free to breath. I have a thing for white trainer so I’m highlighted the light style pictured but they are also available in an all grey and an l black option too.
If I’m honest I’m not really much of a pyjama man normally but with the colder seasons coming in fast, it’s nice to have something cosy to throw on when I jump out of bed or when kicking back on the couch whilst watching a Sunday night movie.
Hamilton and Hare, the specialists in luxurious underwear for men who are stocked by the likes of Mr Porter have just launched a brand-new range that I think fits that bill perfectly for their new Eucalyptus Sleep collection is a very modern take on sleepwear and is sustainable too! Eucalyptus trees use 20 times less water than cotton plants and can thrive on less fertile land.
Comprising of a short-sleeved henley top and jersey sleep shorts this set couldn’t be further away of the vision of PJ’s that I have whenever someone mentions that word. The fantastic thing about them though if that the fabric is made from an innovative blend of cotton and lyocell, a nanofibre made from Eucalyptus tree wood pulp that is sustainable and softer that silk. I managed to get my hands on a sample pair last week and they really are the softest things that I have in my wardrobe. Not only are they soft, they are also breathable and moisture wicking which prevents bacteria from growing.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional than a pair of sleep shorts, then fear not as they also offer a full length trouser too, so they have all the bases covered.
The new Eucalyptus sleep range are sold separately and priced from £75 each.
If you want to wear a football shirt during the world cup, or at any other time for that matter but still want to look on trend then your best bet is to forget about the latest kits and instead look to the archives for something a little more retro instead.
The evolution of football shirts is not only one of many colours but also many varying designs and styles. If we go back around 100 years to when actual football kits were really starting to become a thing, the shirts were often cotton, long sleeved and baggy. If you took one of those designs and sat it beside say a jersey from the current world cup the difference is vast, but it took a long time to get to where we are now.
It was only after the establishment of the FA in 1870 that any form of uniformed strips came into play, as they required that teams be ‘clearly distinguished from those of the other’. This led to the introduction of ‘club colours’, which are nowadays such an integral part of each football club. When it came to national teams these colours obviously came from the flag or countries crest but for club teams it was more to do with their roots or a school or other sports club in which they were associated.
In the style ranks, modern football shirts really do not sit anywhere close to the classic designs. Of course, there are lots of really nice new designs kicking around but they don’t come close to a retro design from the 70’s, 80’s or even 90’s in my opinion. The kit designs from the 80’s are particular favourites of mine, I love the simplicity. They maintain a kind of vintage modern look and go great with jeans and trainers. Admiral, were of course the big brand at that time and they came out with some absolute classic designs like this jersey, worn by England players like Terry Butcher and Kevin Keegan at the 1982 England World Cup in Spain.
Very, have a great selection of both retro, modern and training kits available and at the moment Vouchercloud have a great offer where you can get £10 off your first spend of £40 or more on the Very site when you use the code EVERY10. The code is valid until the 6th of July. Full T&Cs are available over the Very website.
Even though they have already qualified for the next stage, England take on Belgium tomorrow evening to decide the winner of Group G, so now is definitely a good time to snap up some colours as you support your team on the road to the final (hopefully).
This is a partnership post in collaboration with Vouchercloud and Very.