Thursday, July 19, 2018

#STYLE: Buying Classical Seasonal Pieces – The Salmon Patent Leather Shoes

Once a season you should essentially buy yourself a seasonal item that is likely to last more than one season. This, I generally, recommend to be a pair of shoes, a bag or a jacket. This is because those three items are generally worn throughout the year, and if paired correctly, could see themselves reinvented with each social engagement they attend.

For this installment, we start with a pair of salmon patent leather shoes. These are definitely a little on the wild side, requiring a hard-knock personality and a flamboyant character. The art to these is to have exciting soirees to attend. Think of events such as the Polo, perhaps a gala dinner, a fashion show or even a night out celebrating a loved one’s birthday or achievement.

Trick one is to pair them with a monotone ensemble. Go either all black or navy and you have an opportunity to stay mildly calm while your shoes do all the talking. For an event that requires a bit more razzmatazz, pair with a pink or salmon outfit for a full on monochrome effect. The idea is to allow them to blend in with the rest of the look or to stand out on their own.

This pair is from Zando and has a pointier nose than other options, which include a more squared-off toe or a rounded toe. You also have these in other colours, including silver (which I have) and a navy-blue and a red pair.

Find a pair that works for you and give it an opportunity to shine.

#Style #Accessories #Footwear

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

#STYLE: Going 50 Shades of Preppy

Being a working guy in cold seasons can seem a little dampening of the mood. There is the constant debate of whether you’re getting dressed to stay warm and dry or are you looking to suffer for fashion and look a certain way. I, for one, as much as I enjoy making a statement also do indulge in the simple aspects of life of looking super cool in the minimalist format as possible. Autumn and winter are those seasons to do such without being apologetic for your style choices. In any case, there are plenty of ways to update the look as you go.

In this post we celebrate the simplicity of going from black to white through grey. There is something sincerely classical, modern and futuristic about this specific monochromatic fashion indulgence. Its capabilities lie within the opportunity to get it right – effortlessly. Its biggest strength – the solemn ability to fit in at work and at play.

A simple combination of trousers (with a turn-up or not) and jumper can easily be negotiated for work with a slip on of a pair of leather brogues and topped off with a jacket. For play, lace on some sneakers and switch to a leather jacket or sports zip-up. The idea is to keep it easy, sublime and comfortable; those elements then do the work in ensuring you look smart, stay trendy and keep your style credits in the streets.

If you’re keen to switch it up: Swop black sneakers for a full pantone pair of kicks – like red or blue. This will give your monochrome look an entirely updated experience and it will translate as a new ensemble to the people who get to see you.

#Style #monochrome #outfitpost

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#STYLE: Mass Production / Mass Consumption / Mass Individualism

How much of what you consume are you aware of? And I’m not talking ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ awareness of the blue you’re wearing – but – rather the amount of data you consume consciously and subconsciously that influences your end game. I mean, between the foods you eat, the TV shows you watch, the music you listen to and the influencers you follow – just how much of all that data are you aware of? It got me mildly thinking when I came across an editorial on Tumblr simply titled: KITH x Coke.

Not so long ago, brands such as, TEFLAR, Moschino, Marc Jacobs and even Prada had collections dedicated to fast food brands like it was going out of fashion. On the surface it’s all fun and games, light-hearted ambivalence and just another fashion hack – still – deep down, when you look at the reality of the matter, the world is suffering from obesity, high levels of cholesterol, diabetes and all sorts of other food-related illnesses. Yet, alas, fashion toyed with the notion of runway models indulging in unhealthy junk food brands.

Subversively, this sweeps the problem under the carpet and lip-glosses the superficiality of it all. We may perceive it harmless, however, it encourages unhealthy lifestyles under the guise of participating in fashion. The same communication vehicle that condemns conformity: seemingly encouraging it through a vice of individualism for the masses. We go out in droves and consume all this information, making selections from the collections, as if in isolation of the balance of the fashion fraternity, yet we all come out looking and sounding the same on the other end of the spectrum.

This personal collaboration by KITH is just an example of how we have been conditioned to say and do in contradiction of ourselves at all times. “I’m all for healthy living” we say, yet we pout in selfies with our coke hoodies on. The deception is probably not entirely the designer’s fault, as they are merely responding to public demand of what is popular at that given moment – but – we are responsible to ourselves to stay honest with the decisions we make in order to further enjoy the fruits of the labour of the fashion industry.

It’s not going to be an overnight thing, but let’s try and be a little bit more conscious of ourselves and the fashion we predict and dictate.

#Style #MarcJacobs #Moschino #JemeryScott #Menswear