Daily Outfit

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…)

Work – The Final Fashion Frontier

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Travelling for work today, i dressed a lot more conservatively than I ordinarily like to. I wore: navy single-button blazer – ASOS // silk Georgette ‘Melbourne Now’ scarf – MaterialByproduct // white cotton t-shirt – ASOS // navy webbing belt – Sportscraft // Moto 3D embroidered jeans – G-Star raw // blue on white Juvenate runners – Nike //

 

I try not to talk about it too much here, but my 9-5 job that I go to every day and that pays my bills is working for the Australian Government.  (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…)

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…)

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…)