Although rain is a pain, I’ve got to say I was eagerly awaiting for Fall to arrive in all its cold splendor. There’s something overly appealing about mixing garments with distinct textures and warm, earthy tones, not to mention the range of available accessories. For me, few other shades scream cold weather as well as burgundy and mustard; while the first has established its place as a classic, the latter is currently experiencing a much deserved hype moment. Not as sophisticated or regal as camel, mustard is an outstanding alternative that embodies the season’s spirit and allows for superb color schemes. Cold weather calls for cords, and this slim fitting model has been on heavy rotation lately, providing the perfect chance to sport two of my latest purchases, both in burgundy: the Buttero boots and Soeur Fedora.
Details: raw hem wool blazer by Rice, washed denim shirt by Hentsch Man, mustard cords by H&M, round toe leather boots by Buttero, wool fedora by Soeur, tortoise shades by Linda Farrow Luxe, wool/silk patterned scarf by Épice, vintage braided leather belt.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
When a wool blazer isn’t enough to fend off the cold but you still want to look put together, layering is fundamental. Although puffed vests or topcoats are the most usual choices, don’t leave your heavy wool cardigans out of the equation. This wool shawl collar version brings new depth and texture to the whole outfit when paired with all the other elements, while adding an unexpected twist to the mix. As a plus, the details on this blazer are outstanding: perfect fit, paisley collar lining, frayed hems and deep side flap pockets…
Wool shawl collar cardigan by Massimo Dutti, wool 2 button blazer by RICE, contrasting club collar shirt by Rugby, white jeans by Massimo Dutti, cashmere scarf by Burberry, polka dot silk knit tie by Carolina Herrera, tie bar by The Tie Rack and vintage braided leather belt.
Model and Styling: Miguel Vieira
Photography: Rita Lino
As I’ve stressed several times before, one of the most interesting aspects of a look resides in the small details. Carefully mixing and blending them is a recipe for a perfect outfit, one that easily stands out in a crowd.
A great way to tweak an already great piece is adding elbow patches. Coming in a variety of colors, patterns and materials, they’re an easy and affordable way to add sophistication and visual interest to your attire. Although the blazer is probably the most common garment when it comes to this add on, you should broaden your horizons as to the full potential of these patches: sweaters, long sleeves, topcoats or cardigans all account for great alternatives.
Also, don’t be afraid to lively things up a bit by adding bold colors and textures, that’s what will add the extra flare you’re looking for. Going for different fabrics such as tweed or leather instead of being limited to the usual suede patches, is something to consider. Just bear in mind that if you opt for leather patches your items will only be washable through dry cleaning. The though part about the process is finding the right patches, applying them will be an easy and inexpensive task for your tailor or seamstress. If you want to take the easy route, just look for items which originally come with them. With their recent burst in popularity, you should have no problem finding a few suitable options.
One of the pieces I purchased a while ago is this heather grey v-neck wool/cashmere sweater by Annapurna 5+1. Besides the outstanding blended fabric, with a soft touch and slim fit, what really drew me to it were the houndstooth elbow patches. This look combines several interesting aspects: besides the layering, I love the contrast of the lighter tones of the shirt, sweater and plimsoles with the black jeans, and how the shades of green in the houndstooth perfectly complement the ones in the vest.
Charcoal heavy wool blazer by Rice, Green Eskdale vest by Barbour, heather grey v-neck cashmere/wool sweater by Annapurna 5+1, white dress shirt by Paul Smith, black slim fit jeans by H&M, white plimsoles (Musa trainer) by Paul Smith, glasses by Prada, camel scarf by Burberry and watch by Rolex.