Menswear

False Advertising – A Story About Sweatpants

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Trying to find the balance between athleisure and the office, I wore: goldtone and brown aviator sunglasses – 7x, ASOS // royal blue merino wool v-neck – Uniqlo // blue and white striped cotton button-down shirt – Drizabone, thrifted // navy cotton elasticated slacks with windowpane check – Uniqlo // camouflage case – BackNumber, Japan // bright blue Juvenate runners – Nike //

 

Over the past couple of years we have had more and more sportswear crammed down our throats as viable everyday wardrobe options. First it was normcore, then it was sports luxe, and then athleisure. People like Kanye West with his Yeezy line (who copied Pharrell with his clothing line, whatever that was called), and now Australian designer Pip Edwards; are making a killing selling us insanely expensive sweat pants and logo t-shirts that in any other context we would shun for being too basic, too sporty, and not chic enough.

I’m not saying that this is a bad thing at all, because I am very much the kind of guy who would live in sweatpants and a blazer if he could. I am concerned, however, because I am very aware that me in active wear is a case of false advertising. It is sort of like seeing a tray of bloody, delicious steaks in in the butchers with a huge “100% VEGAN!” sign in front of them. You know that they’re not vegan at all, and you know that I am not athletic or sporty at all, and so you’re confused. Hell, I’m confused, and I’m the one who loves (and keeps buying) active wear. (more…)

Denim Shirt – A Modern Menswear Staple

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Trying something new with a denim shirt worn to work. I like the look but the feel of the shirt was off. I’m wearing: Navy single-button blazer – ASOS | denim button-down shirt – Bershka, Shibuya | blue and white striped cotton pocket square – Uniqlo, Tokyo | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | burnt orange cotton chinos – FCUK | navy socks with polka-dots – Witchery Man | whiskey brown leather brogues – Trenery |

 

The humble denim shirt has always seemed like a terrible sartorial choice to me. I had the idea that double denim outfits were horrific drummed into me at a young age, and now whenever I consider pairing denim with more denim, I don’t get a mental image of the sexy ad campaigns of G-Star Raw; but more a flashback to that time Britney and Justin wore a matching double denim outfit to… something; and all of our eyes threw up in their sockets a little.

So, you’ll understand perhaps my apprehension at introducing any denim to my wardrobe that isn’t a pair of jeans. (more…)

Blogging and Wardrobe Blues

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This outfit is actually from a few weeks back, but I’m posting it today because as far as Blogging goes, I want to share more of this with you. I’m wearing: navy blue stretch-wool blazer – Travel Jacket, thrifted | white cotton v-neck t-shirt – Cotton On | midnight blue kimono-silk scarf – Mizu Brand | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | distressed denim straight-leg jeans – WeThePeople | whiskey brown leather loafers – ASOS |

 

If you’re a regular reader of this Blog then you’ve no doubt noticed that my Blogging content and interaction has been a little light on the ground of late, and I figured that rather than sitting here struggling by myself, I might as well tap out a quick post with you and share some current thoughts.

I’m a little underwhelmed and over-worked at the moment, and the fast-paced working environment that I am in at the moment coupled with the bits and pieces of my life falling back into place after my break-up, travelling and generally learning to be an I rather than a we all-over-again; well, it’s left me a little uninspired and directionless. (more…)

Monochromatic Dressing for Men

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Monochromatic dressing is surprisingly freeing, and today I’m loving my all-blue outfit. I’m wearing: steel blue with mustard check wool blazer – Baristal, thrifted | royal blue merino wool v-neck sweater – Uniqlo | chambray pocket square – Mizu Brand | black leather belt | dull navy cotton trousers – M.J. Bale | denim camo loafers – Sir Richard, Shibuya – Tokyo |

 

Monochromatic dressing is something that often gets confused with achromatic dressing, a pet peeve of good friend and style maven Mr Steven Wright. I remember discussing the concept with him recently, and sharing our views on how people think that wearing black and white is Monochromatic.

So, just FYI, a monochromatic outfit is one made entirely of the same colour or hue. So wearing all navy blue, or even shades of blue, is monochromatic.

There is no secret trick to wearing a monochromatic outfits if you’re a man. As long as you have unified pieces that work well together in the same colour (different shades of the colour work too), dressing in all one hue is incredibly simple and looks really very smart. (more…)

Active Wear for the Inactive

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Taking Blog photos in my Active Wear: Supernova storm jacket – Adidas | light grey wicking t-shirt – H’n’M Sport | Supernova graphic long tights – Adidas | Nike Free 5.0 – Nike |

 

Active Wear is a term that has gained notoriety lately due to its association with the rise of things like The Biggest Loser, Lorna Jane, the I Quit Sugar movement and that ridiculously catchy song about, well, Active Wear.

For those who may not be in the know, Active Wear refers to clothes that you are supposed to be active in, which aid your performance and/or comfort in some way, but which inadvertently wind up becoming a sort of unofficial uniform for weekends, evenings at home, doing your groceries… and any number of other activities which they are actually socially unacceptable for. (more…)

Scene Dressing When You Don’t Even Want To

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Addicted to the scene: navy cotton cardigan with striped lining – Rittenhouse | blue, red and white plaid cotton Isherwood shirt – Acne Studios, ebay | maroon polyester bowtie – thrifted | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | dull navy skinny cotton chinos – ASOS | whiskey brown leather brogues – Trenery |

 

One of my favourite scenes in cinematic history, believe it or not, is from The Devil Wears Prada. The scene involves magazine editor and powerhouse Miranda Priestley decimating her new assistant Andy for flippantly dismissing fashion as frivolous. It’s a fantastic monologue about the power of trends in fashion and it speaks volumes about how we often find ourselves trying something new with our personal style and wondering why.

What the scene also illustrates to me is that no matter how ‘educated’ you might be when it comes to fashion, imagery and advertising – you’re ultimately at the mercy of what the world around you is observing as currently on-trend. (more…)

Scarf Blues That Were Misplaced

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For a bit of drama I wore the scarf in today’s daily outfit: navy blue pinstriped suit – Rembrandt Sartorial, thrifted | patterned cotton scarf with tassels – gift| navy cotton button-down Shirt – Euromerican Tailors | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | light denim distressed bootcut jeans – WeThePeople | tobacco brown suede Chelsea Boots – The Ball & Chain |

 

Some people have jewellery, some people have hats. Some people sink their money into handbags, or their hair, or watch. For me though, the ultimate accessory is a good scarf.

When I turned 30 late last year I received some beautiful presents from my friends, ad in amongst them all was this light cotton scarf. The second I laid eyes on it I hated it. It was a gift from a darling friend whose taste I admire endlessly, and so I was sort of confused as to how this gift had gone so wrong to have me so instantly turned off by an accessory.

The thing is, the scarf is actually brilliant and I was not thinking straight. In my defence, I had had a bottle of champagne by that point. (more…)