Honestly speaking, I'm not a big fan of denim.My closet did not include any denim items till recently when I picked up a denim shirt and a pair of jeans. I've always favoured chinos over denims. I recently came across this zip up denim shirt in H&M and liked it, the whole zip up concept seemed cool to me.Also taking on the challenge of styling a denim shirt seemed like an interesting one.
The contrast collar is one that I am very fond of regardless of the collar shape, I'm all for it as long as its a contrast collar.I have been working on a line of shirts and designed this blue gingham contrast collar shit. For some odd reason I think of Gordon Gecko when contrast collars come to mind or any wall street exec rocking one with expensive cufflins on.
I decided to give this sample a wearing to see how it holds up quality wise.For this look I paired the shirt with a light grey cotton suit and a navy knit tie.To finish the look off I added the flamingo pocket square to give it a youthful and playful vibe.
Many people ask how I dress casually so I decided to give you a post with some weekend style inspiration.During the summer I love to wear printed shirts(like the floral print shirt in this look) Pair them with some chinos and some clean white sneakers. You could even pair a printed shirt like this with a khaki suit.
We as humans are creatures of habit and it's easy to get in a rut when you find something that works for you,this also applies to your style.You might have discovered colors that work well with your skin tone on your journey to dress better and stick with them.
But once in a while step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to see what you can add to your pallet as far as color goes.In this case I did it with this teal suit and I love the results. I am definitely going to be incorporating mor teal in my wardrobe.If you are skeptical about trying new colors you can always start with accessories like pocket squares and ties. Once you're comfortable with the said color you can proceed with much bigger items.
This burgundy suit is a purchase that I was very hesitant to make. If I was to look at things from a versatility standpoint I could only wear it with 2 ties, A black tie or a burgundy tie. Sure I could break it into separates and get more use out of it but this just does not have the versatility of a navy or grey suit. But that's perfectly fine.
Once you have your foundation suits ( navy and grey) you need a statement suit, one that commands attention when you walk down the street or into any room. I believe the burgundy suit is a perfect candidate for a statement suit. For this look I kept it burgundy and paired it with the burgundy/white v knit tie and a crisp cotton white shirt. There are many different colors that can make a good case for a statement suit but burgundy just seemed right to me.
A tie does not always have to be worn in a formal setting.You might not be into suits but that does not mean you cannot wear a tie when putting together an outfit.In this post I demonstrate one of the many ways you can wear a tie without a suit
Its Spring and I am sure you have been reaching for your rain jacket since April rolled around.For this look I paired my burnt orange rain jacket with blue chinos, a navy knit tie and my white tennis shoes(which I will be wearing a lot this summer). This definitely isn't a look that will work in most corporate offices but you could get away with it on casual Friday or if you work as a creative. It definitely works as a date night look too.
In the last blog post I talked about the psychological benefit of dressing up, in this post I am going to talk about dressing as a form of art.
Dressing up is a way to express yourself and translate what you think or feel about yourself visually. I look at this the same way a painter would express how he feels or a vision that he has in his head and translate it onto a canvas with the the stroke of a brush.The gentleman picking out his fine garments and coordinating the colors he wants to wear is no different from the painter selecting the colors he wants to use in a painting,both are creating a masterpiece. Everybody put's on clothes but very few look at dressing up as an art form. If you are reading this you definitely care about your appearance,next time you come across a garment in a color that you are interested in but are unsure of take that leap of faith and give it a try.Explore different colors and styles that you like or think you might like.Make some mistakes, dressing up is art so enjoy the process and be proud of what you present to the world when you step out of the house.
Have you ever asked yourself why you dress up ? Dressing up is something that everyone does but many fail to master the art or understand the psychological benefits of doing so.
I really believe that there is a psychological advantage to dressing up.Have you ever put on your finest garments and felt on top of your game? You're not alone almost everyone experiences this when they dress up for special occasions, but why limit that great feeling to only special occasions? Don't you think you would be much happier if you experienced this great feeling on a daily basis?
Lets take a step back and look at this differently, do you ever consider how those around you feel when it comes to your appearance? Looking presentable when you know you are going to be in the company of someone is a sign of respect and people usually reward that. Dress how you want to be addressed.
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The club collared shirt is one that you don't come across these days.That wasn't always the case. The club collar was first created for students of Eton College in England and it was due to this exclusivity that the word "club" was used to describe the rounded collar. I first came across this collar style when watching Boardwalk Empire, then saw it on Mad Men, Peaky Blinders then The Great Gatsby.This style of collar was very popular in the early to mid 20th century and many paired it with a collar pin.
The club collar is a great alternative to the traditional point collar shirt, you're most likely not going to come across one in stores but you're a google search away from purchasing one. Just make sure you choose your right size.
Tie used in this look: Aboagye Blue and Brown Color Block Knit Tie
Tie Clip: Aboagye Blue Tie Clip
Do you own a turtle neck ? If not you should really consider adding a couple to your wardrobe. I believe it is a wardrobe staple that you might get a lot of looks out of.First lets get into the history of the turtle neck or roll neck as our stylish brethren across the pond call it.
Also known as the polo neck sweater or skivvy(hello Australia) the turtle neck has been around for ages, dating back to the 1800s when workers wore them for warmth.The US Navy also adopted turtle necks as part of their uniforms for sailors during world war 2. Let's not forget about the late Steve Jobs wearing a turtle neck almost everyday.
As far as styling options go, there are many ways to wear the turtle neck.Depending on the weather, you can wear it by itself or under an overcoat.A look that has been growing on me is the turtleneck with a suit.For this post I wore my navy turtle neck with a grey 3 piece suit and really ended up loving the look and cozy feel.I love neck ties but I can definitely get used to wearing a suit with a turtle neck.