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August 26th, 2014

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In 1983 Abraham Bux opened his laundry in Preston Lancashire in order to distress and washing jeans for designer brands such as Lee, Wrangler, Next and River Island. The business was so successful that it processed 150,000 jeans every week.  By 1988 it was decided that instead of distressing jeans for other brands it was time for the family to develop their own brand and use their expertise to produce jeans in their own style.  A trip to Italy inspired the three brothers, Rizwan,  Asif and Feroz to name their brand, ‘Voi Jeans’, ‘Voi’ being the Italian for, ‘You’, and the whole ethos of the brand is about the focus of the brand being about You the customer and how you are the most important part of the whole process.  By 1994 production moved to locations around the world and this is when the world started to notice the brand. Most recently Voi Jeans have launched Voi Jeans India as there was seen to be a huge gap in the engineered jeans market in that area of the world.

Expanding the Voi Jeans Collection

As with every successful brand Voi Jeans have diversified and now include; chinos, t-shirts, shirts, jackets and various accessories in their collection.  Again they have kept You,  the consumer,  in mind and the price of garments remain reasonable and affordable.  Here is a selection from our own, newly arrived,  collection of Voi Jeans clothing.

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We have chosen this particular style to show you because it demonstrates exactly how engineered jeans can be.  These distressed jeans are washed to within an inch of their own life, feature patch pockets at the front and have an adjustable strap at the back so that they can fit snuggly.

Voi Jeans Captive Long Sleeved Quilted Overshirt

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This two toned grey quilted shirt is perfect for the change in season, this tailored design has contrasting shoulders and a logo stitched on to the left pocket.

Voi Jeans Infinity All Over Print T Shirt

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This ribbed crew neck straight hemmed t-shirt is white with square print spread throughout the garment.  It is amazing how simple lines can be placed on a white garment and produce an eye catching design.

Voi Jeans Cuffed Jeans

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These grey jeans have a look of the outdoors about them with contrasting dark grey ribbing on the waistband and dark flaps on the front pockets. The whole design makes them stand out, especially the cuff detail at the ankles – they are certainly worth a look.

Voi Jeans Ogden Long Sleeved Polo Shirt

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This dark long sleeved polo shirt has wonderful pattern detail to the left shoulder and a yellow logo on the right hand chest pocket. It would most certainly allow you to be smart and warm at the same time.

If our Voi Jeans tasters have whetted your appetite for more garments from this range we have have more to look here at Stand-Out.Net

 

August 21st, 2014

If you aren’t familiar with Crooks & Castles, it’s about time you were.  Fresh and modern with a gangster, hipster edge, they are a Los Angeles based street wear brand with tons of attitude.

The idea behind the brand and name is all about ‘crooks’ i.e the criminals, gangsters and hustlers who managed to get rich and get their ‘castles’, taking inspiration from colourful characters of the past like the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers (two of the wealthiest American families ever) to modern day billionaires.

In their range you will see a lot of black, white and greys as the main colours with splashes of bright red and gold to make an impact and create that luxurious, regal appearance. You will also see key slogans and designs across their clothing, with bold, graphic prints but also simpler more low key designs. Whatever mood you are in their is something to suit you, whether you want to say more by saying less or say more by saying lots!

The brand has been doing great since starting out in 2002 and has even captured the interests of mega stars such as Kanye West and Jay-Z. Here’s P Diddy sporting their now famous Cocaine & Caviar t-shirt.

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Crooks & Castles are moving the boundaries of men’s streetwear and Stand-Out.net is excited to have them! Here are a few of our picks and new arrivals to get you started.

The Son of Crooks T-shirt sums up what Crooks & Castles are about pretty well. Mostly black, some bold colours and a criminally good design (huh huh huh).

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Amongst our new arrivals are an awesome collection of snap back caps.  We’ve  picked the Bandana Multi Luxe Bandit Cap here but there are tons of others so you will find whatever you are looking for. A snapback is the perfect accessory to complete your ‘crook’ look.

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The Imperial T-shirt is great for a subtler look. Light and comfortable with just an understated gold logo on the front and a ermm, shall we say, cheeky statement on the back for people to see as you walk away. This t-shirt will be as versatile as you like but will still give that gangster edge to any outfit.
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Now obviously we aren’t suggesting you turn to the crook lifestyle but we definitely do suggest you get some of their clothes to make you feel like one! If you’ve ever had a rooting for the villain have a look at all of Stand-Out’s Crooks & Castles range here and live life a little closer to the edge.

 

August 19th, 2014

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According to the Urban Dictionary the phrase, ‘Right on the Money’, means to be correct or true or in other words. ‘hit the nail on the head’. Money plays an almighty part in our lives whether you have loads of it or you have to count every penny it is always on our minds.  Money is filthy and has been known to carry the flu virus for up to 17 days and there is evidence of other nasty germs that live on our banknotes.  Did you know that 90% of US$ have traces of cocaine on them?  Dealers contaminate the money during transactions and cash machines spread the particles throughout the money supply.  Bob Marley’s final words were, Money can’t buy me life’.

Money Clothing

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Money Clothing exploded on to the fashion scene in 2003 and has been rising through the popularity ranks due to its fresh approach and unique range of menswear.  The company describe their style as a combination of classic artisan design and British lifestyle, humour and swagger.  Its ethos in its tenth year is to, ‘Continue to Create’.  Money Clothing is certainly not ‘filthy’ and can only be described as fresh and clean, as many of the designs are monochrome and bright.

Stand-Out.Net and Money Clothing

Amongst our new arrivals we have selected a great taster range of Money Clothing for you to indulge in.  If you are looking for trackie bottoms and long sleeved tops to wear as you relax in front of the TV, gym or pub as the nights draw in then our collection is, ‘Right on the Money’.

All Over George Gorilla T-Shirt

This wonderful eye catching t-shirt speaks for itself and is not only comfortable it will allow you to stand out from the crowd.

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Money Classic Sweat Pants

With a large logo on the back pocket these stylish sweat pants would look great in a multitude of settings.

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Money Howl Signature Sweatshirt

We love the cheekiness of this long sleeved top.  If you want to attract attention to yourself, this clever combination of dollar signs and cartoon style looks fab.

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Money Raglan Signature Ape Sweatshirt

Not mono-chromed but a lovely burgundy colour – this warm looking sweatshirt will look great at the gym, pub or at home.

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If you have liked our Money selection why not see everything we have got at www.stand-out.net

 

August 12th, 2014

It is almost 29 years since Marty McFly burst on to our screens in the first of the Back to the Future trilogy in 1985.  Michael. J. Fox became an icon and, due a resurgence of vintage clothing and 80’s fashion, his costume remains fashionable even now.  The advertising department in the movie took product placement to a different level when it incorporated the brand, ‘Calvin Klein’,  into the plot of the film.  We will never forget the awkward moment when Marty discovers that his jeans have been removed and his mother assumes he is called, ‘Calvin’, due to the name on his underwear.

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Marty’s Gear

Without a doubt Marty McFly was one fashionable guy and wore his body warmer, jeans, trainers, shirt and denim jacket to perfection.  His costume is so cool that it would be perfectly acceptable to wear the whole ensemble today and feel confident that you will look just as good as Marty did nearly 30  years ago!  We have selected items from our range that resemble the clothes worn in the film.

Calvin Klein Underwear

With so many styles to choose from we have decided to opt for the 3 pack of trunks by Calvin Klein because why choose one great piece of underwear when you can have three? The brand name is present round the waist elastic as in the film and you have a choice of three great styles in one set.

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Hilfiger Denim Check Shirt

This Hilfiger Denim Sorbet Check Shirt is not the one featured in the film but is very similar and would look just great under a denim jacket and red body warmer.

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Levis Slim Trucker Denim Jacket

If you are going to wear a denim jacket in such an iconic ensemble then choosing this Levis Slim Trucker Denim Jacket is the classic choice.  Not only is it part of denim royalty it is also a slim fit meaning that it would fit perfectly under your gilet.

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G-Star Low Tapered Jeans

These G-Star Low Tapered Jeans are a perfect match because they have a distressed look and the legs taper in the same way Marty’s do in the film.

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Cross Hatch Zebco Gilet

This red gilet by Cross Hatch is the updated version of the red body warmer that was worn by Marty.  For some reason body warmers are now called gilets and definitely don’t look like, ‘Life preservers’, as mentioned in the film.

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Converse Hi-Plus Trainers

In the film Marty wore Nike trainers but we think that these Converse Hi-Plus Trainers are just as cool.  They look suitable for using on a skateboard and will look great on stage when performing a rift on the guitar.

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Back to the Future 2015

It is quite ironic to think that the fashion that they predicted we would wear by the time we got to this time in the future is nothing like they expected.  In reality Marty could have worn the same costume in the 1985 and 2015 version of the film and it would be completely accurate.  However there are six months to go until 2015 and we may have an extreme change in fashion but we doubt it – cars have more chance of flying!

 

August 5th, 2014

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In Roman times we used to splash about in water naked due to the waterproof nature of our skin and a respectful appreciation of the human body.  However as time went on it was thought more appropriate to cover up our bodies and shroud them in swimwear that would not only spare our blushes but also keep our wobbly bits in check, as this picture from Punch in 1877 shows.

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The Art Deco period in the 1930’s introduced the concept of more streamlined styles and the concept of swimming trunks was born.  In the 1950’s the middle class members of American society sported leisure wear consisting of Hawaiian shirts and patterned shorts.  in the 1960’s swimwear became very brief and thongs were designed by Rudi Gernrich – he also designed the first topless swimwear for women, which was precursor to the bikini.  1970’s brought in cut off shorts while the 1980’s brought out flamboyance and the introduction of Lycra meant that men could wear outrageously patterned trunks that fitted perfectly and skimpily.  The 1990’s  fascination with Calvin Klein boxer shorts introduced the concept of swimming shorts that we are familiar with today.  Trunks have made a comeback in the 2000’s and are now a great compromise between swimming shorts and trunks.  Recently Harry and Bobbie from TOWIE were photographed wearing a, ‘Half Thong’, which is too obscene to show a photograph on this blog.

Original Penguin Swim Shorts

If you feel that trunks and half things are way too skimpy for you and you just like to chill out by the pool then our collection of Original Penguin swim shorts will suit you just fine.  If you favour plain black then these Original Penguin Earl Tipped Swim shorts  would be the best choice.

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If you like the idea of a pattern but don’t really want to be too flamboyant then the Original Penguin Oh my Penguin Print Swim Shorts with little pictures of penguins all over them are cool enough to break the intenseness of black.

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Original Penguin Cloud Stripe Swim Shorts are bright, bold and eye catching so if you want to be noticed and comfortable then this is most certainly the choice for you.

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Swim Shorts at StandOut.Net

Obviously Original Penguin is not the only brand of swim shorts available at StandOut.Net so if you have whetted your swimming shorts appitite today – check out the full range of swim shorts at StandOut.Net

July 31st, 2014

Flip flops are of course an ideal piece of footwear for the hotter months but with so many to choose from, picking the right pair for you can be a tough decision (but we suppose you could always pick more than one!)

 

A brief history of the flip flops

It probably goes without saying that flip flops get their name from the sound they make as they slap between the floor and the foot of their wearer as they walk.

Flip flops are thought to have originated way, way back in Ancient Egypt around 4000BC when they were made of materials like papyrus but as many different cultures have made their own over the years, flip flops have been made in a huge variety of materials.  By the 1960s they became casual beach attire. Modern flip flops are likely to be made from rubber, foam, fabric, leather or plastic.

 

Flip Flops at Stand-Out.net

Havaianas are one of the world’s most popular brands of flip flops. They, unsurprisingly, come in a huge range of colours. They also have a secret formula to make their rubber soles extra comfortable! These are the Black and Yellow Top Mix pair.

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If you’re not a fan of having something between your toes, why not try Sik Silk’s Slide Flip Flops

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Gandys is great venture set up by two brothers who suffered a family tragedy.  As a result they created Gandys to help fellow orphans. 10% from each purchase goes straight to helping children in need, so it’s a double win really – helping those who need it and getting a great pair of stylish flip flops to show off. They offer a lot of cool designs and colours so have a look. These are Gandy’s White Army pair.

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Lacoste’s range have a wider strap made of canvas if that is what you prefer and they come in red, navy and grey.

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For the full range of Stand-Out.net’s flip flops click here but do remember to be careful when wearing yours as they can be the cause of a fair few accidents (around 200,000 a year, believe it or not) if they don’t fit properly.

Fun Fact: In Australia flip flops are called thongs…don’t get them mixed up!

 

July 22nd, 2014

The phrase, ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’, originates from a variety of different sources, the most prominent one being the comic strip of the same name by cartoonist Arthur R ‘Pop’ Mohamand forced his proginist to constantly compare himself to his affluent neighbours.  Mark Twain, the author of Huckleberry Finn wrote an essay titled ‘Corn Pone Opinions’, in 1901 about the very same topic.  It is believed that its initial origins are relating to particularly affluent American families based in New York.  The concept of making sure that you are as good or better than your peers still exists today and is easily maintained by the quality and branding of clothing you choose to wear.

Jack and Jones – Made in Denmark

In 1989 the clever Danes decided that keeping up with the Joneses was as simple as designing good quality reasonably priced clothes with their name emblazoned all over it. Designed for the well educated and contemporary wearer the brand is held in high esteem with a reputation for being Europe’s best fashion brand for jeans. Jack & Jones have developed a variety of different styles of clothing and have given them interesting names to define them; Vintage, Premium, Originals, Core and Tech.

Jack & Jones Summer Gear

Summer is a time to show off how hard we have worked all year round to make our bodies look better than the next man.  What better way to show your finely honed bodies than to chose the best Jack & Jones summer clothes for you.

Jack & Jones at Stand-Out.Net

A great pair of shorts and pants can make all of the difference on how you look and feel during the summer months.  The Cornstalk Colin Shorts will look great during the day with a t-shirt and can be smartened up at night with a short sleeved shirt such as our David Shirt.  If swimming and water attracts you then our brightly coloured Cobalt Blue Floral Swimming Shorts may catch your eye. There are so many t-shirts to choose from that it can often be difficult to decide what your style is, we have tried to cover all styles by selecting the Legacy Combo T-shirt , Day’s T-shirt and for those who like to bare their shoulders the Beach Tank Vest is a great choice.  Where ever you go to enjoy your summer break it is prudent to pack gear for the cooler weather.  Our Erik Anti Fit Jeans and Colin Twist Chinos are great choices for wearing when the sun hides behind a cloud while the Jon Hoodie will keep your top cosy and warm.

 

If you would like to look at all of our summer gear check out our summer sale at Stand-Out.Net

 

July 15th, 2014

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Well it’s here – the summer has arrived at last and it is a great opportunity to plan a cheap and fun weekend with your mates.  There is no better way to feel as free as a bird and cast off the restraints of everyday life than embracing the great outdoors on a camping holiday.  Whether you have access to a campervan or your mate’s tent being prepared and making sure that you have the right equipment is as important as looking good and feeling great.  We look at the best ways to be prepared this year.

What to Wear

Let’s face it unless you are hard core like Bear Grylls you are unlikely to be spending your camping trip in the jungle and will probably set up camp in a campsite or a clearing that is pretty close to the local pub.  This is great as it means your capacity to look cool and stylish is optimized.  There are a few essential items that are necessary for you to take with you to make sure that your trip is everything you ever dreamed of:-

  • Waterproof jacket – this is great for when the pub is shut and you have to venture outside.  We think that this Animal Technical Jacket is top stuff and will keep you cosy and dry when the heavens open during your trip.

  • Jumper – even during the summer the outdoors has the potential to make you go very cold in the evenings.  That is why we have chosen this cuddly Hilfiger Denim Funnel Knit not only will you feel warm you will also look as if you have been camping before.

  • T-Shirts – a good t-shirt can make sure that everything else you are wearing looks fantastic.  We think that due to the precarious nature of camping that three t-shirts are probably better than one and love this three pack from Animal – one even has a campervan on it!

  • Trousers – if choosing the safe option of jeans seems boring to you then you could opt for chinos which were designed for an outdoor lifestyle and still look great on an outdoor adventure.  Our Jack and Jones chinos are slim fitting and stylish to boot.

  • Shorts – when the weather really heats up there is no option than wearing a pair of shorts.  There are no better shorts to wear while tanning your sausages on a portable barbecue than these G-Star Combat Shorts – these already look as if you have had many adventures in them!

  • Socks – anyone who has ever been camping will tell you that cold damp feet are no fun whatsoever.  These bright stripy socks from Happy Socks will keep your feet snug and warm and a smile on your face.

  • Day Sack – if you decide to venture away from your camp you will need to take a few essentials with you such as sunscreen, water and your wallet.  We think that this Spiral Woodland Backpack would do the job really well.

  • Watch – if you are afraid to lose track of time you will need a robust watch that will cope with all sorts of danger.  This Casio Big G-Shock Watch can cope with everything – especially informing you of when it is last orders in the pub!

  • Underwear – Let’s face it you are probably going to wear the same trunks for the whole weekend.  However if you are very particular about your personal hygiene why not buy yourself a multipack of pants – like this Three Pack of Diesel Trunks?

 

Everything Else

Once you have decided what you are going to wear you really need to think about everything else such as sunscreen, sunglasses, tent, sleeping bag, camping stove, food, first aid kit and anything else that will ensure that you are comfortable.

If you would like to look at our whole selection of summer gear click on this link to visit our summer shop.

 

July 10th, 2014

Who has time to tie their shoelaces when there is fun in the sun to be had?!  Slip ons are always a big trend throughout the spring and summer months as they are easy to wear, stylish, smart, and casual all at the same time. Whether you’re at the beach, in the city, in the garden or on holiday, one thing is clear, you don’t always need shoelaces. If its espadrilles you are into or classic slip on trainers, Stand-Out has got you covered.  Versatile and easy to wear they will go great with your jeans, chinos, or shorts!

Now if you haven’t tried espadrilles before we recommend you do. Espadrilles have been around for centuries, maybe even thousands of years. Made with a canvas or cloth upper and nowadays  either rubber or rope sole, espadrilles are light and airy and will keep your feet cool and comfy whatever the occasion.  The Havaianas Espadrilles are simple and subtle in design and come in a choice of four colours so you can coordinate with whatever you are wearing!

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If you are looking for something slightly more robust  there are of course there the slip on trainers and we have got plenty of them!  Classic Vans have been around for years and are pretty much a staple of any man’s wardrobe. Not just a shoe for skaters by any means, a pair of Vans will last you a long time.  If it’s a plain all black or all white you fancy to keep it simple and also easily customisable too if you want to get creative and sport a pair of really unique trainers, that’s not a problem.

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Or if you prefer something with some colour already why not try a slip on from our Lacoste Marice with their rubber soles, mesh panelling on the sides and of course signature croc logo.

 

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July 8th, 2014

chinos

Whether you wear them short, long, cropped, tapered or baggy there is no disputing that Chinos remain eternally popular. The cotton twill fabric originated in China and was used as a military uniform for the English and French soldiers in the 19th Century.  Its popularity increased when many American soldiers returned from the Philippines wearing the comfortable khaki coloured trousers.  Historians are not entirely sure of the exact origins of the name ,’Chino’,  believing it to either originate from the Spanish American word Chino, which translates as toast, or indeed an adaptation of the word China – where the cloth originated in the first place. Chinos are now made from a cotton blend and come in many different colours enabling them to remain a popular smart casual trouser that can be worn for many occasions.

A Chino for every Occasion

Initially military wear, Chinos, are now considered to be a popular alternative to jeans and have been adapted by brands such as, Crosshatch, Jack and Jones and Voi Jeans.  Each brand has added their own twist to the style but the chino’s style still shines through.  Chinos are available in trousers and shorts so you can dress to impress what ever the weather or occasion.  The comfortable style lends itself to summer days and summer nights and you can wear them with any types of shoes and tops you wish. Wear them loose and be prepared to roll up the bottoms to accommodate desert boots, if you are an Indiana Jones type, or espadrilles and flip flops if you are a wise guy and love fun in the sun.

How to Wear your Chinos

  • Make sure that they fit comfortably at the waist – you will want to be able to wear a belt with them if you choose to.

  • Make sure that they are loose around your bottom.

  • If your chinos are seamless wear them long so that they can be rolled up.

  • Gentlemen make sure that they give your, ‘crown jewels’, the opportunity to breathe by making sure that they are not too tight.

Chinos or Jeans?

Jeans are associated with cool dudes while chinos have always been the attire of preppy types carrying mountains of textbooks to the library.  Cooler than jeans (in terms of temperature that is) chinos often become more popular during the summer months and Hollywood stars such as; Johnny Depp and Leonardo diCaprio are chino fans.  There is something sort of sexy about a man wearing chinos with a crisp white t-shirt and well buckled belt.  Thank goodness the summer gives us the chance to look so great!!

 
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