Menswear

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…)

Active Wear for the Inactive

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Taking Blog photos in my Active Wear: Supernova storm jacket – Adidas | light grey wicking t-shirt – H’n’M Sport | Supernova graphic long tights – Adidas | Nike Free 5.0 – Nike |

 

Active Wear is a term that has gained notoriety lately due to its association with the rise of things like The Biggest Loser, Lorna Jane, the I Quit Sugar movement and that ridiculously catchy song about, well, Active Wear.

For those who may not be in the know, Active Wear refers to clothes that you are supposed to be active in, which aid your performance and/or comfort in some way, but which inadvertently wind up becoming a sort of unofficial uniform for weekends, evenings at home, doing your groceries… and any number of other activities which they are actually socially unacceptable for. (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…)

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…)