Tis the season of gift giving, and fortunately the good folks over at Håndværk has given me and one lucky reader one of their long sleeve three-button henley shirts. “Håndværk offers a line of men’s and women’s luxury essentials made from the highest quality natural raw materials and innovative fabrics. Håndværk is the Danish word that stands for hand crafted or artisanal, which inspires us to maintain the focus on what sets us apart, how we make our products.”
“Håndværk is influenced by mid century modern design and its minimalist style. Each product has been designed for supreme comfort, derived from the fabric’s ultimate softness, meticulous tailoring, and an unparalleled emphasis on every single detail. Their long sleeve three-button henley ($135) is unmistakably refined, yet subtle. It is extremely soft, lightweight and elegantly fitted, making it a perfect option for layering or wearing it on its own.”
In an effort to engage with my readers, I decided that I would give this shirt to the reader that provides me with the best suggestion for an upcoming post. So please feel free to send your messages via tumblr or to my contact page. Thank you and good luck!
This is the season to wear topcoats and several layers, and I must admit that I have developed quite an affinity for them. As a result, I have purchased several topcoats from various thrift stores over the past year, both seen here, and here.
Ironically, I keep coming across coats that do not require any alterations. Therefore, it is almost impossible to pass up on them. In fact, I purchased a similar Pendleton topcoat that is just a shade darker than this one. Fortunately enough, it will be added to my upcoming online menswear boutique.
These suede loafers were one of my go-to options in terms of footwear this past summer. I often wore them with no socks, seen here. However, it is no longer sock-less season. In my opinion, no matter what some people might say, the top of your feet will be always cold if you decide to go sock-less during the winter.
Hat - Stacy Adams
Coat - Pendleton
Blazer - Vintage
Tie - Vintage
Shirt - H&M
Pants - Ralph Lauren
Shoes - Zara
This vintage top coat went from being banished away to the back of my closet to being worn on a consistent basic. I purchased this vintage top coar, seen here, from a local thrift store, and I only wore it once or twice that year. However, I find myself wearing it on a more consistent basis this winter. I think the fur collar provides an elegant and regal aesthetic, and the concept of elegance has been very appealing to me lately.
This pinstripe 3-piece suit was one of the first suits that I ever purchased. In fact, it was purchased before I learned the basics of how a suit jacket should fit. Therefore, the third piece of the suit will probably never be worn again. However, the existing 2 pieces fit quite well, especially after the recent alterations.
These shoes are also one of my recent thrift store finds, seen here. Luckily enough they did not need a detailed polish, just a quick shoe shine.
Coat - Pendleton
Suit - Stafford
Shirt - H&M
Tie - Vintage
Shoes - Father & Son
Last month, I introduced Lino Ieluzzi as one of my style icons, seen here. During my first semester of graduate school I scoured the Internet in search of style inspiration so that I can dress well for my classes and internships. Fortunately enough, that was also around the same time that #menswear craze began. Therefore, there were hundreds of photos of men sporting sharply tailored suits and outfits all over the web. However, only a couple truly stood out to me because of their impeccable fit, attention to detail, and overall personal aesthetic.
One of those gentlemen was Pasquale Ieluzzi, most commonly known as Lino. Lino is the owner of the Milanese menswear boutique Al Bazar, where he sells most of iconic garbs such as “7” embroidered ties, double monk strap shoes, and double breasted blazers and coats. His sense of style, which was strongly influenced by his father, has made him a celebrity in his own right. It has also helped him gain the attention and adoration of street style photographers and fashion bloggers all over the world. In fact, a Pitti Uomo would not be the same without him.
My favorite quotes from Lino include, “A well-dressed man is a well-dressed man, it’s not about the label. It’s your character that should shine, not the brand.” Also, “One thing that I would recommend is to be yourself. Dressing has got to be a pleasure for yourself, not for the others.” Both of these quotes stand out to me because it provided me with a better understanding of who Lino really is, especially since he does not speak English.
Sometimes I wear an outfit, and after reviewing my archives, I realize that I could have worn it better. In some cases, all it takes is a simple change of shirt and tie, or just a different pair of shoes. This was one of the many reasons that I started this blog. Not only did I want to provide a source of style inspiration for my fellow young professionals; I also wanted to document my outfits and monitor my style evolution, as I grew wiser.
Therefore, I revisited one of my favorite glen plaid suits and paid closer attention to the details. By simply swapping the light blue dress shirt for this chambray OCBD shirt made a huge difference. Then by incorporating a chambray pocket square and braces, allowed me to complement the blue thread that runs throughout the glen plaid.
The shoes and fedora remained consistent but the overall outfit presents a totally different look and feel, and I think that is important when one decides to revisit a suit.
Which styling option do you prefer?
Outfit Details :
Hat – Stacy Adams
Suit – Stafford
Shirt – J.Crew
Tie – Liberty of London
Braces – Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes – Cole Hann
Briefcase - Vintage
Ever since, entering the Thrift Store Runway competition last month, being selected as one of their October winners, and now serving as a judge for the month of November. I am happy to say that the good folks at Thrift Store Runway and I have started a wonderful working relationship. Now I have been fortunate enough to contribute another post for Thrift Store Runway, where I provide some insight on how to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. So please check out the full post here.
Hat - Zara
Jacket - Vintage
Shirt - Topman
Jeans - H&M
Boots - Steve Madden
Bag - Ralph Lauren
There are certain articles of clothing that are considered basic wardrobe essentials. For instance, a navy blazer and an oxford collar button down (OCBD) shirt are both essential in developing a classic wardrobe, regardless of season. However, during the colder months, an overcoat is essential to every well-dressed man’s wardrobe.
This tweed topcoat was purchased last year from a local thrift store, almost around the same time as this one, seen here. It is my favorite topcoat because of its fit and versatility. Honestly, if this was the only topcoat that I owned, I would be fine. Which only further proves the old saying, “quality over quantity.”
The most important factors I consider purchasing a topcoat is very similar to the rules I follow when buying a blazer. It must fit properly in the shoulders, and provide a flattering silhouette. But most importantly, it must wear comfortably over my clothes. In other words, it should not fit too snug or too baggy.
Hat - Stacy Adams
Coat - CasualCraft
Blazer - Stafford
Shirt - John Henry
Tie - Pendleton
Pants - Ralph Lauren
Shoes - Cole Haan
Plaid has always been one my favorite prints to wear this time of year, as seen in my earlier blogging days here. The beauty of plaid lies in its versatility, especially when there are several different colors present within the print. Since this plaid blazer in particular has various shades of brown and grey, I highlighted the beige by simply incorporating a matching wool tie.
I tend to keep things simple whenever wearing a blazer with 2 or more colors in an effort to keep my outfit from looking busy. When in doubt, a solid colored shirt and tie is always my best option.
One thing that I have learned that separates style aficionados from novices is their ability to dress appropriately for each season, which includes fabric selection. Therefore, during the fall and winter season, fabrics like wool, tweed, and corduroy are ideal. This is not so because it is an age-old rule, but simply because those fabrics in particular help keep you warm.
Blazer – Haggar
Shirt – Stafford
Tie – Vintage
Pants – Ralph Lauren
Shoes – Zara
I was recently asked to review a pair of frames from Gotti Switzerland Eyewear. Since I have only reviewed clothing thus far, I welcomed the opportunity to review a pair of eyeglasses. Ironically, I recently made an appointment for new prescription lenses, so the timing could not be better.
“Gotti Switzerland Eyewear specializes in crafting frames that blend a couture design sensibility with functionality. The production process combines the latest technological machinery with handmade tools. Each frame is hand-polished. For the latest collection, designer Sven Gotti takes traditional eyewear materials (acetate and titanium) to a new level by creating ultra-thin frames with intensely saturated colors. These frames are lightweight so they won’t feel heavy when you wear them – but they are very sturdy.”
The style I chose was the MIK-BSB because of its similar size and shape in comparison to my current frames. A lot of their styles are vintage inspired with a contemporary edge. As advertised, their acetate frames are indeed lightweight and extremely comfortable. Acetate frames are essentially plastic, but it is the highest quality plastic material for eyeglasses. Evidently, the frames were meticulously polished due its luster and smooth finish.
All in all, I was very satisfied with the frames and even more impressed with my color choice. Most of their frames are priced at $400+, which is common for most quality eyeglasses.
One of my favorite things about the winter is bringing out some of my vintage tailored topcoats. Sometimes during this time of year, all you need is a scarf and a winter weight suit constructed from tweed, wool, or corduroy, but once you factor in the wind chills an extra layer is essential.
I purchased this tweed topcoat with faux fur collar from a local thrift store last year, and only wore it once since then. I rarely ever wear black so naturally this coat didn’t see the light of day much. In fact, I was tempted to list it in my upcoming online store, but I decided to keep it for a while longer.
The faux fur collar provided some extra warmth, but the actual coat is lightweight. Like I previously mentioned here, tweed is one of my fabrics because it provides some great insulation. This topcoat in particular has a very regal aesthetic because of the fur collar. Therefore I decided to keep things simple and let the coat do most of the talking.
This outfit is entirely comprised from thrift store garments. The grand total was only $47.
Coat – Pendleton
Suit – Ralph Lauren
Shirt – J. Crew
Tie - Vintage
Braces – Vintage
Shoes - Dexter