Menswear

Blazer Updates You Should Consider

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Wearing: slate blue wool blazer with mustard windowpane check – Barisal, thrifted | pale blue cotton Oxford shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren, thrifted | geometric print scarf as pocket square – thrifted | navy and orange striped silk necktie – Brooks Brothers, eBay | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | navy blue cotton trousers – M.J. Bale | whiskey brown leather loafers with tassel – ASOS |

 

They say a change is as good as a holiday, and I have to say that when you are trying to live within an achromatic wardrobe, this really rings true. I still love my wardrobe in shades of blue and I don’t regret my decision to get rid of other colours at all. However I do find that sometimes it gets really hard to find new pieces that actually feel new. There’s only so many navy blazers that you can try on before you start to feel like you’re stuck in a Matrix time-loop.

I’ve come to realise that what’s really important is updating your staple pieces, as this will give you the greatest sense of change. Take Blazers, for example. I love Blazers and I am wearing nine times out of ten.  I wear them year-round in different weights, but I have found that at last count I owned eight ‘different’ navy blazers. Any you know what? they all looked the bloody same! (more…)

Leather Blazer: No Love Lost

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Acne Studios Cassadey motorcycle jacket in leather and wool felt

 

A little while ago I asked my friends on Instagram and Facebook to weigh in on a fashion decision that has been plaguing me for a little while now. Specifically I wanted to know if they thought that I could pull-off a leather blazer.

Specifically I am interested in a structured leather blazer in a whiskey/honey brown or navy; or potentially in crocodile/alligator leather. I have seen images of such garments on models and in editorial, and I always think that they look stunning and sophisticated with a bit of an edge. However, I am also very aware that I could quite easily wind up looking like a sleazy mid-40s guy trying to pick up students in a dingy nightclub. Such is the transformative power of the leather blazer.

I asked everyone to be brutally honest in their responses, and I got what I asked for.

The majority of people openly hated the idea of the leather blazer. (more…)

Limbo Outfits: What Am I Doing Wrong?

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Running around on my day off I wore: navy neoprene hoodie – H&M Sport | blue and white striped button-down shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren | black leather belt – Raphael Steffens | royal blue cotton skinny chinos – ASOS | white leather Plimsol sneakers – Lacoste |

 

Today I did not go to work, but spent the day in Limbo.

I was in need of a personal day to recuperate, and so I organised with work to take the day off. I wound up having a truly relaxing day that I spent doing things that I love: laying in bed after my alarm had gone off, a stupidly long shower, laundry, lunch with a mate, visiting the florist… However, I also spent the day in Limbo. The Limbo of outfits that don’t really work… (more…)

Job Interview Dressing: A Paradox

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For today’s interview I wore: solid blue cotton suit – Oxford | purple and white striped cotton pocket square – M.J. Bale | pale blue cotton Oxford Shirt – Marcs | cream and white diagonally striped silk necktie – Oxford | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | tobacco brown leather Brogues – Trenery |

 

I had an job interview for a new position in my existing 9-5 today.

It has really been a while since I have had a formal interview process. I was a little surprised at how nervous I found myself, and to be honest I couldn’t even tell you how I performed at the job interview. But I feel fine about that certainty because I was wearing a nice new suit to the interview with a long-lost silk necktie and a shirt that I love.

However, I cannot say that I enjoy or even like wearing a suit, and the connotations of a suit as a garment that you wear to a job interview probably have a lot to do with that. And yet despite my distaste for the humble suit, I actually see the worth in wearing a suit to an interview. It’s partially for you, to put you at ease and make you feel like you’re correctly dressed for the occasion and ready to take the panel by storm. And it is partially for the panel and your potential employer.

You see the paradox of a job interview is that it is both your chance to demonstrate your individual worth, and a test to ensure that you can conform.

I may not like that my employer’s dress guidelines state that it is not appropriate for me to show up to work every day in sweat pants and a tank top under a blazer, I realise that the fact that my employer has a dress guidelines document indicates that they are trying to create a workplace culture among a group of vastly disparate people without the use of a demoralising uniform, and in order to do so they need to guide people into some semblance of uniformity.

So I may not like it at all, but I respect that it is necessary, and I wear a suit to a job interview.

 

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Autumnal Style Edits

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Wearing: cream cable-knit sweater – Oval Dice, Harajuku Tokyo | blue multi-checked business shirt – Reserves | brown leather belt – Sportscraft| heavily distressed Arc 3D tapered jeans – G-Star Raw | tobacco suede Chelsea Boots – The Ball & Chain |

 

The season is finally upon us, and as the leaves start to discolour and drop from the trees and that biting cold creeps so deliciously into the evening air, it’s time to start thinking about the Autumnal style edits that we’re going to be making to our wardrobes. It’s time to take down those boxes of warmer pieces that you’ve stashed away in the hotter months, to check that things still actually fit, and to start putting together a list of items that you might need to pad out your wardrobe for those colder months ahead. I’m lucky in that I have moved recently, and as a result have had to not only take stock of just what I own, but to downsize my wardrobe. This means that there is now plenty of room for any Autumnal updates that I might be looking to make.

Today I am sharing the three Autumnal wardrobe updates that I am most looking forward to making. (more…)

Bright Shades: My views on How to wear

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Wearing: navy pinstriped blazer – Rembrandt Sartorial, thrifted | orange and white checked button-down shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren | chambray monogrammed pocket square – Mizu Brand | midnight blue silk necktie with skull and crossbones motif – Express Design Studios, ebay | black leather belt – Raphael Steffens | bright blue cotton trousers – M.J. Bale | sea blue leather Chelsea boots – Squire |

 

Bright shades can and will liven up any outfit that you happen to bring them to, but there is a fine art between wearing bright shades of colour and letting them wear you.

It is true that I am not the biggest fan of bright shades, and aside from the occasional pop of white I tend to like to keep things at the darker end of the spectrum with lots of variations of the colour navy, and a few muted shades of blue or orange thrown in for good measure. I love these colours and I love the way that they look on me, but it is important to change things up every once in a while to avoid getting yourself stuck in a wardrobe rut. (more…)

Backpacks – A Friday Fixation

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Saint Laurent Hunting Rucksack in navy blue canvas and black leather – AU$ 1,015.00

 

I’ve always said that a backpack is a bag for school kids and lesbians. As far as bags go, backpacks have to be one of my most hated items, and something that frankly do not deserve to be considered under the banner of luxury. They are, however, practical to a fault, and something that I am now considering purchasing as a work bag. I turned 30 not too long ago and I work a 9-5 desk job. Between this and my Blogging I lead the definition of a sedentary life style, and it is starting to really affect me. (more…)