2013 May 31

New_Performance_T_104_721Start again

Most of what guys learn about fashion they learned really young, from other guys – and that’s all based on dominance and testosterone, not on the basics of appearance, style and fit. So let go of the ideas that your mates gave you about what works, and start again with the basics of fit and function.

Fit

Clothing has to fit, but many men don’t know where it should fit (T-shirts fit shoulders and arms, not bellies, jeans fit waists, or builder’s crack occurs etc) – ask somebody else to confirm the fit of a chosen new garment, as you might not really know what fits you

Function

Garments should have a purpose. This comes as a surprise to a lot of men who just wear what feels easy and comfortable. If you’re dressing for work, your clothing should reflect well on your employer and allow you to do your job, whatever it is.

Buy the basics first

A simple white T-shirt, a good pair of jeans, a smart jacket and a really good shirt will get you through most situations. Invest in those basics first and you’ll find the rest of your wardrobe falls into place around these basics, which are called the staples. Our .99 pence T-shirt deal will help!

Keep it simple

Simplicity is valuable and practical. Treat your wardrobe like a car, give it at least an annual MOT and throw out anything that looks dodgy or too worn.

Plan around activity

The one thing most guys don’t do is choose clothing based on their lives. If you work out five days a week, gym wear should be a big priority. If you hit the clubs four nights in a row, your wardrobe should reflect that – basically you should spend your money so that you could do your chosen activities, whatever they are, for a week, without having to use a washing machine (and that doesn’t mean wearing the same thing over and over until it honks!) because otherwise you become ‘that guy’ who wears the same outfit all the time.

Try something new

When hoodies came out, back in the day, most men though they were a bit weird – like a sweatshirt with a hat, was how one famous footballer described them. And yet, today, there’s hardly a bloke alive who doesn’t have at least one, even your dad! So be prepared to try some new form of clothing and find out if it works for you.


2010 October 11

Though it once was the most inexpensive of textiles to produce and clothes made from it were very affordable, price levels for cotton this year have hit a 15 year high with an average 17% increase in price.  The sharp increase in price for the raw material can be attributed to several factors.

Decreased Cotton Supplies

The worldwide decrease in the crops of cotton can be linked back to the financial crisis two years ago. In the attempt to earn more money, many farmers stopped planting low-value cotton in favour of more profitable crops such as corn and soya. The decrease in production has been further compounded by poor weather across Asia. India is the world’s second largest supplier of cotton and this year’s poor weather has not only reduced the quality of the cotton produced there but has also hampered the country’s harvesting efforts. The lowest cotton harvest in 16 years has left clothing firms grappling for the fewer exports available. In addition to this labour costs have been increasing causing cost-push inflation for clothing manufactures.

Weak Pound

The exchange rate is crucial for British retailers because the great majority of clothes are bought from the Far East, particularly China and Bangladesh in dollars, but sold in Britain in sterling. The poor strength of the pound has meant that freight costs have increased for British importers of cotton clothes.

20% VAT in January

While there are all these increases in cost for cotton producers, VAT is also set to be increased to 20% at the beginning of 2011. This will put large pressure on clothing stores who already have very tight profit margins as it is. In an attempt remain profitable, big high street names like Primark, Next and Debenhams are all set to increase their prices over 2011 by up to 8%.

We regret to announce that these cost pressure have affected the prices of our suppliers and consequently our prices will increase. The two main brands to be affected are Fruit of the Loom and Gildan with the following increases coming into effect as of October 18th:

Fruit of the Loom: + 3 – 7%
Gildan: + 5%

The Good News:

As this is late notice we are offering a voucher code for 10% off if you order in the next two weeks to compensate: EMPCC5

Stedman are also yet to announce a price increase, so our bestselling t-shirts will be unaffected in the short term. We’ve also got some excellent offers coming up over the next few months on Polo Shirts & Rugby Shirts so keep an eye on our emails to be the first to hear about those.


2010 September 10

Polo-shirts.co.uk has a new competition where we’re giving our facebook fans the chance to get the clothes they want at a discounted price: its called Love it, Link it, Like it! To enter you just have to follow these simple steps:

1) If you see a product you really want on polo-shirts.co.uk, post the link to that product on our facebook wall.
2) Tell us what you like about the product and why people should vote for it.
3) Get people to ‘like’ it – the product with the most ‘likes’ will be discounted!

The competition runs for two weeks and then fans of polo-shirts.co.uk on facebook will get a 10% discount on that product for seven days following the competition. So if you love something, post your link, get your friends to like it and be in with a chance of getting your favourite product, cheaper!!!

To give you an idea of how the post could look, there’s an example below. Good luck!

An example of a possible entry.