A flowering trend…
Although I’ve mentioned florals before, I still hadn’t had the chance to fully address this much hyped pattern. Every other day, some new garment or accessory makes its way into the spotlight simply by sporting this nature inspired print. The sheer fact that its popularity is growing, while struggling with social, cultural and gender-based ill-formed preconceptions, is not only proof that men are more conscious about their style but that this pattern is a resilient one. As with all bold prints, the chances of getting it wrong are proportional to the risks you’re willing to take.
Whereas concepts such as scale, fit, proportion and color matching should be ever present on your attire, when going for more ambitious combinations they become a necessity. For me, the most crucial aspect to successfully pull it off is coordinating the scale of the pattern with that of the item itself, bearing in mind that larger items are harder to work with. When in doubt start by incorporating small notes such as scarves, pocket squares or ties and slowly work your way up the chain.
This shirt by Paul Smith was the result of an impulsive purchase a few years back, which remained stored away in my wardrobe for quite a while…now, it’s one of my Summer statement pieces. Besides the outstanding color scheme, I love its versatility which allows for interesting casual looks as well as adding a twist to more classic ones. Here I went for a relaxed, put together look aimed at toning things down by making use of pieces in complementing solid colors.
Organic cotton floral print dress shirt by Paul Smith, purple organic cotton crewneck tee by H&M, slate creased trousers by Boglioli, brown crepe sole boat shoes by Buttero, watch by Gucci, silver string by Goti (hidden).
LINKS À LA MODE: WEEKLY ROUNDUP 02/03
My post Faithful Companions has just been selected for the Links à La Mode of the Independent Fashion Bloggers Website! It’s great to make it to the list once again, among such talented bloggers and articles alike. Thank you all!
So long, farewell
Edited by Thom of The Sunday Best
Here we are, face to face, a couple of silver spoons. My run as an editor for this venerable list is coming to a close, and as it does I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what makes the internet such an awesome place. Ahem. It’s you. Yes, you! I don’t get to read as much online as I once did, and this list kept me in touch with the, dare I say it, zeitgeist of style writing. I was often amazed at the diversity of topics you writers were willing to tackle. Keep those keyboards clacking, stay strong, and be good to the incoming editors. We are only human.
Links à la Mode: February 3rd
- Aesthetics and Audio: “God, you’re skinny”
- Arash Mazinani: The Adonis Complex - men and body image
- Beyond Fabric: Faithful companions
- Brunette Blogging: Blog bashing
- Chic Steals: Fashionista’s dilemma to sourcing your clothing
- Digital Traveler: Kids and high fashion
- Dress With Courage: Suit yourself
- Fashezine: On blogging and other drugs
- For Those About to Shop: The great used clothing challenge
- Grit and Glamour: Trademarks - What you need to know
- Independent Fashion Bloggers: Fashion Week Tech Survival Kit
- Lust, Love, Lose: 100 words on life
- Ruby Slipper Journeys: Why I’m going on my first ever shopping ban
- Starting From Scratch: Loving every body
- The Coveted: Layering up with Wool and the Gang
- The Demoiselles: Nine West’s wacky email campaign
- The House in the Clouds: Favorite body parts
- The Loudmouth: Nudity - Naughty or Natural?
- The Sunday Best: The law is meant to protect, not bully
- The Styling Dutchman: Blogger bitching
- Those Graces: On being a feminist beauty blogger
Faithful companions #1
The human being never ceases to amaze me with its intricate personality and peculiar ways and traits. We have the unique ability to develop bonds with not only other humans, but material objects as well.
When it comes to fashion and garments, those bonds are intrinsically linked with your passion for those subjects: whereas some people absolutely love and treasure their pieces as works of art, others have a more rational approach and view them as nothing more than means to an end. I, for one, without falling into the furthest end of the spectrum, am leaning towards the first group…
Like me, I’m certain all of you have items you cherish above all others, pieces you’ve been wearing for years and with which you share a special link - be it because they are imbued with sentimental value, take you back to a particular time or place or are simply outstanding in design and fit. Interestingly enough, no matter how big your wardrobe may get, more likely than not you’ll have just a few select meaningful pieces whose closet space is set in stone.
In the Faithful Companions series I’ll share my own selection of garments, accessories and objects with you. For the first entry I chose my Goti silver string. Crafted by renowned Tuscan jeweler Riccardo Goti, it has been my only piece of jewelry (apart from watches which I place in a different category) for the last five or so years. This is probably one of my most meaningful accessories as I rarely take it off and “we’ve” been through a lot…come to think of it, it’s the closest thing I have to a good luck charm.
This post is aimed at everyone, especially the women - girlfriends, wives or moms - who are desperately trying to draw last minute inspiration about what to give to the special men in their lives. I hope these are useful!
Bear in mind that the brands shown are mere examples and the items are listed in no particular order.
Trenchcoat - Burberry Prorsum
Peacoat - Schott NY Slim fit
Waxed jacket - Barbour Ursula Jacket
We all love gadjets - Apple’s Ipad
State of the art kitchen utensils - Le Creuset
A reliable cook book - Jamie Oliver
Soaps and Shaving kits - Barbearia do Bairro
Holidays scented candles - Dyptique
Notebook - Archie Grand
An exquisite pen - Faber Castle
A document folder - Cornelian Taurus
Worthy hats - Borsalino
Men jewellery - Goti
Original cufflinks - Paul Smith
Amazingly crafted ties - Pierrepont Hicks
A playful bow tie - Coisas d’Homem
Leather tote and duffle bag - Lottuf & Clegg
Something to read and be inspired by - Amazon
The perfect soundtrack for the season - Sufjan Stevens