Linen on Linen
What I believe to be one of the most underrated and misunderstood fabrics, is undoubtedly one of my personal favourites. I won’t deny I have a passion for heavier textured winter fabrics as well, but there’s something unique to linen that makes me passionate about it. The ultimate Summer choice, this lightweight crinkled fabric is perfect to pull off intricate looks in the blistering heat, due to its breathability and unique fibers: and here is where opinions divide… Linen will always have a characteristic feel and crinkled look after wearing, which many consider rough and too relaxed or sloppy - for me, that’s just the beauty of it.
The unique charisma of a slightly wrinkled linen suit perfectly paired with horsebit loafers and unbuttoned shirt, it’s a hard one to match. Especially since nowadays ecru has given place to brighter shades and bolder patterns, allowing for endless possibilities of (un)polished elegance… As with all fabrics, quality linen comes at a price but there are a few affordable alternatives out there worth taking a look at, especially Zara: the Spanish giant produces not only some of the most original pieces but also with quite surprising quality. Both the vest and trousers feature a soft feel with just the right amount of roughness and stiffness to ensure a great fit (with some minor adjustments and tailoring of course). The intricately detailed vest pairs beautifully with the camo boat shoes while the rest of the look is toned down by a white dress shirt and navy pants.
Details: linen vest and pants by Zara, v-neck by Purificacion Garcia, dress shirt by Paul Smith, camo boat shoes by Asos, vintage floral pocket square, shades by Ray-Ban and watch by Daniel Wellington.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
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The Military Popover
It’s funny how fashion’s cyclic ways unexpectedly allow the revival of long unworn garments. This military popover is a perfect example: after purchasing it back in 2007 while living in Brazil, it slowly fell into oblivion as my own sense of style evolved throughout the years. Although I wore it seldomly, it was one of those items that survived the many wardrobe purges that followed. The truth is, I found myself sporting it several times this year, be it for its military or popover perks, which make it extremely versatile to dress up or down. Here I went for a more relaxed approach pairing with a tee and white jeans, while adding a bit of panache with the floral bandana and grained leather double monks.
Details: military popover shirt by Osklen, crewneck tee by Levi’s, jeans by Massimo Dutti, grained leather double monks by Meermin, tortoise aviators by Linda Farrow Luxe, floral bandana by Asos and watch by Bell & Ross.
Model and Styling: Miguel Vieira