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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…)

Travel Wardrobe Day 2 – Aoyama

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Living within a specific travel wardrobe has lead me to realise just how reliant I am upon the ability to change my outfit at a moment’s notice to adjust to the situation. Today, for example, I picked an outfit from the pieces of my travel wardrobe that I thought would be practical for the weather and the places I was visiting (a Bird Cafe and the Yasukuni Shrine). I wanted to be comfortable temperature wise, and able to cover my tattoos at the shrine out of respect for the Japanese culture. Of course, what I completely failed to take into account was that to get to the Bird cafe we would have to walk through the insanely stylish Aoyama area, and being a giant white man, I am never the right temperature and always look a sweaty, wretched mess.

Which is exactly why I stopped the boyfriend at the iconic Prada Aoyama building and had him take photos of me in today’s travel wardrobe offering! Because why not celebrate the horror of a travel wardrobe publicly?

I’m actually quite happy with this outfit overall, although I still feel like I stick like month-old gym socks :S Today I wore:
navy blue cotton jumper with white flecked pattern – Divided by H&M
steel-blue cotton crew-neck t-shirt – ASOS
navy blue and white striped cotton canvas belt – Trenery
dark navy resin coated straight-leg jeans – ASOS
navy blue and white Roshe Runs – Nike

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Travel Wardrobe Day 1 – Moody Blue

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It has been overcast and drizzling all day, which always poses a challenge to someone like me who seems to be incapable to packing a sensible travel wardrobe. No matter how hard I try, I always find myself completely unprepared for my destination’s weather. As such, before I left I researched as many different travel wardrobe Blogs as I could find. The result is that I am trailing a new travel wardrobe theory on this trip, and living within a very strict selection of pieces for the three weeks. Today’s outfit was aimed at breaking away from the pieces that I usually pair together, and trying something new. (more…)

Japanese Street Style – A Preview

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If you’ve been reading my Blog or following me on Instagram for a while, you’ll no doubt be aware that I have something of a fixation when it comes to Japan. I’ve been to Tokyo twice now, and in only 15 sleeps I will be returning to Japan for three weeks with my boyfriend to celebrate our five-year anniversary. Over this three weeks I’ll still be blogging daily outfit posts while travelling around Japan, but something that I really want to try is sharing some Japanese Street Style posts with you. I did this on my trip to Europe last year, and I really liked the idea, but I didn’t really take a lot of street style snaps while I was in Japan last year. I did, however, snap some truly Japanese Street Style while I was in Tokyo in 2013, and so I thought to introduce you to the concept, I’d give you a preview of some of the Japanese Street Style that I have previously shot, before I head back in two weeks time. It is a little creepy taking sneaky photos of people’s outfits and accessories, let’s be real; but Scott Schuman and so many others have made a blogging career out of it, so I figure why not dabble a little.

What are your thoughts? Would you like me to share more Japanese Street Style with you this time around? Let me know in the comments down below! (more…)

30 Before 30 13: Language

As I’m sure that you’re aware now, I’m turning 30 in under 30 weeks. As such, I have compiled a list of 30 things that I am supposed to have done or to have stopped doing BEFORE I turn 30.
Each week until I actually turn 30 I will be discussing/ranting about one of the items on the list, and deciding whether I agree with it or not.
Today is the thirteenth entry in my 30 Before 30 series, and the topic is Number 13: You should have learned another language…

At 29 years of age, I have never really placed a great deal of importance on being able to speak a language other than my native Australian-English.

However, when I travelled to Japan for the first time in 2013, I realised that I desperately wanted to live there, and that being able to speak at least basic Japanese would in fact be very necessary. Today’s 30 Before 30 video features some of the tips and tricks I am following to try and speed along my VERY slow progress of learning another language; as well as me awkwardly introducing the video in Japanese!

ENJOY! And thanks for watching 🙂

Daily Outfit: Cable-Knit Sweater

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As we move closer and closer to winter I am finally having more opportunity to wear some of the clothes that I picked up in Tokyo on my trip last November. This cable-knit sweater is one of two that I picked up on Takashita Dori in Harajuku last year, but I have not been able to wear it as it is entirely synthetic (honestly, it smells like Christmas tinsel!); and just too hot for Australia. Well, that is until now. (more…)