I’m a pretty DIY oriented guy. I like to build my own furniture, make my own ties etc. The latest project of mine is to make a jacket. It’s one of the trickier projects so far, but seriously fun. I’m no tailor, but for a first try I think it’s coming along pretty decently.
First real day of spring.
From Friday Challenge on Style Forum: Jeans + sport coat + tie.
It’s damn hard to make it work, you have to bring down all the elements to the lowest possible level of formality to work with jeans. Therefore I chose to go with a button down shirt in Oxford cloth, a knit tie, a cotton blazer with patched flap pockets and tassel loafers.
WIWRN - In between seasons.
New sport coat, just in time for the new Styleforum Friday challenge.
Sunday stroll with the dogs. Wearing casual stuff, like a tweed sport coat with patch pockets, jeans, OCBD shirt, wool tie & suede chukkas.
Another picture of this outfit I wore the other day. I don’t think I’ve ever discussed the thought process behind any of my outfits. Most of the time though, there are some general rules that guide me when getting dressed. The level of formality that garments hold are important, it’s almost as important as colour combination and interplay between textures and fabrics. In fact, these three aspects very much depend on each other: Formality, colours & textures/material.
I won’t go to deep into this subject right now, but at least I can use this as a backdrop to explain the outfit pictured above:
1. I wear a cashmere sport coat. It’s semi-informal - as it’s brown, has a window pane check (yes, some formal suits have a window pane check, but they’re never brown) and has patch pockets.
2. I wear a pale blue Oxford cotton shirt. Pale blue is a great go-to colour for shirts, since it works with most outfits. Oxford is a quite informal fabric. This shirt does however, have a spread collar. Spread collars are generally quite formal. Therefore you could make the point that also the shirt is semi-informal (some people argue the point that spread collars on Oxford cloth shirts are bastardizations though, I don’t agree).
3. I wear a silk bow tie in a blue and green pattern. The blue works well with both the main brown colour of the sport coat and reflects the subtle blue lines within the window pane pattern. The kind of bottle green that makes up the pattern of the bow tie looks great with the chocolate brown of the sport coat, since they are both within the same spectrum of classically autumnal colours. Bow ties are classically deemed just as formal as ties, but due to their stance as somewhat eccentric and due to pattern/colour mix it works within this rather informal setting.
4. I wear a cream coloured silk pocket square. It’s a low-contrast mix with the sport coat, which is a good thing. Some people argue that white pocket squares goes with anything, but they do make a stark contrast to almost anything you might wear. White is classically seen as the most formal colour of pocket ornamentations, especially when the pocket square is made of linen. A cream coloured silk pocket square folded in Foo’s bend-it-over-fold will work with lots of different getups within the less formal spectrum of menswear.
5. I paired this with mid grey flannel pants, as formal as odd pants go, but still odd pants. Grey flannel is incredibly easy to match with most jacketing and is highly recommended to any man with a desire to have a versatile wardrobe staple.
6. As can be seen in the earlier post I went with quite unconventional footwear. This was mostly because I wanted to try out my new shoes. I changed to a pair of mid brown suede shoes with rubber soles before heading out, both because of the horrible slush outside, and because it was a better match with this particular outfit. In shoes, suede is less formal than calf skin and brown is less formal than black (quite simplified). A blue shoe is an odd bird that I wouldn’t recommend you to buy, until you’ve got your shoe wardrobe staples.
Blue suede shoes.
Best of my WAYWRN Part 2
This weeks Friday challenge on Styleforum encourages all participants to bring out their A game. You will be allowed to chose from all the posts you’ve ever posted in Styleforums WAYWRN-thread and pic the one of your outfits you deem your personal best. These are a selection of the outfits I have posted that have gotten a lot of positive feedback.
I would definitely change a few details before wearing these today, but all in all I think most of them are pretty decent.