Advice

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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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…)

Thrift Shopping: The Truth About Op-Shopping

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I love thrift shopping, most of the items pictured here I bought second-hand. However, I think that we need to demystify thrift shopping and talk about it truthfully. It isn’t all vintage silk scarves and affordable designer labels. Sometimes it’s weird stains. Other’s it’s just bad taste!

 

This past weekend, for the first time in a long time, I found myself thrift shopping.

I have grown up with a love of buying from thrift or op shops, originally as necessity and now as a passion for the thrill of the hunt. I love the act of rifling through piles of clothes that nobody loves any more on the off-chance that I might just find that one remarkable piece the really ties together an outfit, or supplements my existing collect of slightly-different navy blazers, or is a style that I am curious about but not enough to invest in something expensive that may ultimately look like shit on me. There are so many possibilities when you thrift, it really is anyone’s game.

That said, I think that there is a common misconception that op shops are this amazing treasure-trove of amazing vintage pieces, pre-loved designer good, and that you will walk in and instantly find what you are looking for that day. The vintage clothing trend and Etsy really have a lot to bloody answer for in that regard! So, high off my thrift triumphs over the weekend, let me share some simple truths about the world of op shopping. (more…)

Something Old, Something New

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First Day of new job outfit, I’m Wearing: navy single-button blazer – ASOS | blue cotton plaid button-down Isherwood shirt – Acne Studios, ebay | grey cotten pocket square – Mizu | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | navy cotton trousers – M.J. Bale | navy cotton socks with white polka dots – Happy Socks | whiskey brown leather brogues – Trenery |

 

I started a new job in a different area today, and naturally I wanted to make a good impression with my new team. I’m sometimes at a loss for how to dress for certain occasions, but when it comes to the first day in a new job, I always repeat to myself “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Yes, this is more widely known as a piece of superstition handed down for women on their wedding day, but in my humble opinion the “Something Old…” rhyme has a very important place in steering you towards success in dressing for your first day! (more…)