Imagine, just for a moment, that due to an unfortunate turn of events your wardrobe was narrowed to a mere 10 items. What garments/accessories couldn’t you do without? Take it as a different approach on the mandatory pageant question: “if you were stranded on a desert island….”, but instead take a moment to evaluate what is really useful or what represents you best on a daily basis. Also, it may provide you with a few pointers on what’s a keeper, when carrying out the dreaded sorting of clothes you have been postponing for the last couple of years.
Here’s my list (in no particular order):
- Levi’s 511 slim (preferably in a dark wash);
- Sunglasses: Rayban Original Wayfarer or Aviators;
- Chinos (in khaki, navy, black ..) - mine are from ACNE, love the slim fit
- Oxford shirt (solid colored, striped, checked and in a variety of colours);
- Canvas plimsoles (love the ones found at the hardware stores in Bricklane, London, 7€)
- Navy Peacoat (timeless classic and keeps you warm in the freezing cold)
- Boat Shoes (rock them all year long, no socks if your ankles can stand the cold)
- A reliable watch (if you love them as much as I do invest in a horological timepiece, it will be passed on to your children)
- A trenchcoat ( I prefer the ones with the belt, and a tailored fit)
- And last but not least you may call me a cheater, but I couldn’t decide whether I should list a blazer for it’s versatility or a vintage item to spice things up with a bit of embodied story and personality…so I managed to merge them into a single item: my vintage double breasted tweed blazer
Whether you love or hate Portugal Prime Minister José Socrates, one thing is certain: he always looks his best. From his bespoke suits and shirts to the impecable tie knot his whole ensemble expresses perfection. To top it off, he complements the whole look with one aspect men usually disregard after dressing up: a perfect grooming. If you are wearing a tailored suit and shirt, silk tie and dark wingtips you might as well shave/trim your scruff and care for your hair.
This blog was created as a means to share my view on personal style, how it reflects on your image and the way people perceive you.
I will try to stay away from “labels” on what it comes to style but if I where to describe my own, it would be something like classic with a twist (think Paul Smith as one of my personal favourites). I like to mix different elements such as high end pieces with vintage leather jackets and have fun while doing it - that’s a reminder: have fun with your clothes. Above all, I look for pieces with a timeless design, and the best quality and fit I can find.
Despite not having a degree on fashion or design, my ever increasing passion for men’s bespoke, tailoring, styling and self expression has led me to create Beyond Fabric.