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Camouflage – 3 rules in navigating the menswear jungle

I love camouflage as a pattern for textiles. Call me a rube or a redneck if you will, but I think camouflage is fascinating, and I love the way that it looks when incorporated into everyday outfits. Now, obviously, there are limitations. No one in the wold needs camouflage crocs (or any kind of croc for that matter), and head-to-toe camouflage is going to make you look pretty sketchy in most instances.

But then again, wearing head-to-toe of most patterns makes you look a little insane.

As I come to accept myself and my personal style a lot more with age, I have allowed myself to accumulate a few pieces in camouflage. I started with accessories, and have now worked myself up to actual garments. I even have a few other pieces on my list of wardrobe acquisitions (yes, I have an acquisitions plan for my wardrobe – and clearly a lot of spare time now that I am single) that I have already decided I will buy for myself in the new year.

I think that it is OK to wear camouflage outside of the military, but as I mentioned, there are rules of thumb that should be applied to ensure that you don’t wind up looking like a crazy survivalist. I thought I’d share three of my personal rules with you today, so you can think about creating your own. Realistically, these are rules for patterns generally, but camouflage is a good example to lead with.

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Millennial Watches – elegant, affordable design

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The gorgeous design of Millennial Watches is a balance of pared back aesthetics and functionality. Pictured left to right: Midnight, Maple and Venus. Photo credit – Millennial Watches

 

What do you look for when you shop for a watch?

For myself, I don’t. I have something of a phobia of clocks and watches, and anything that reminds me that time is ticking by. It drives me insane, like Captain Hook (or was he more afraid of the crocodile?).

In any event, while I don’t wear a watch, I have shopped for plenty of watches in my time for friends and family, and I’m often struck by how inordinately expensive they can be, especially when you consider that your phone will happily tell you the time for no cost at all (and without that awful ticking sound). There seems to be a disconnect between quality, price and design where watches are concerned, with consumers rarely able to find a watch that ticks all three boxes.

Canberra Grammar student Riley Tanton clearly thought so himself when he established his company Millennial Watches. At just 17 years of age, Tanton has not only built his business from the ground up, but he has done so by creating a line of beautifully styled high-quality watches which he sells for just $59.70 AUD. What’s more,Tanton donates a percentage from the sale of every watch to charity. (more…)

Coils, Curls and Ringlets – OH MY!

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Today I am celebrating my new hair and wearing: new curls – Rhubarb & Me | goldtone aviators with cross bar – x7, ASOS | navy cableknit sweater – Oval Dice, Harajuku Japan | pale blue Oxford shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren, thrifted | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | slim-fit moto jeans – Loyalty & Faith, ASOS | tobacco suede Chelsea boots – The Ball and Chain |

 

Growing up, one of my favourite characters from classical Greek mythology was Medusa.

Now, this is not to say that I had some sort of deeply privileged upbringing where I was exposed to the classics from a young age, nor is it to say I was exceptionally gifted and reading canon literature from a young age. My first exposure to Medusa came in the form of the amazing 1981 masterpiece Clash of the Titans, a film my sister and I doubtlessly came across on daytime TV. I was obsessed with Medusa’s coiling, twisting snake hair, and I wanted snake hair of my very own.

Cut to present day, and I am starting to understand my Versace fixation (despite their line suffering terrible since Gianni’s murder) and also, with curly hair. (more…)

Fashion Show Etiquette Part 1 – What do I wear?

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A Fashion Show doesn’t mean you need to dress like a human peacock… unless you sort of already are a human peacock!

 

The first year I attended Fashfest I was so nervous about walking in front of the press wall and having my photo taken or being asked questions, I snuck in aound the side and sat like a huge weirdo in my seat until my date for the evening arrived. Even then I was feeling a tad self conscious about what I was wearing,, and it wasn’t until I was dragged to the wall by the Fashfest PR team that I actually walked in front of all the cameras.

Now, I know that this sounds completely ridiculous, and you’re very right to ask “who would even care what you were wearing Grant, jesus! Conceited much?” And while you’re absolutely right to ask that (and the answer of course was NO ONE!); it paints a picture of the fear that I think a lot of people feel about attending a Fashion show, which is to say that they will be judged for what they are wearing.

The great Anna Wintour said it best herself in the amazing documentary The September Issue:

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“There is something about fashion that can make people very nervous.”

 

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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…)

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…)

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…)