Urban Menswear Myths #5
Long goes the time when men relied solely on their trustworthy tailors to keep up to date with the fashion demands of their social agenda. Garments were crafted according to each customer’s needs and liking. Nowadays, a massified fashion industry is hell-bent on delivering a never ending stock of ready-to-wear alternatives at the lowest price: after all, it’s just business…
Thankfully, the tailoring tradition has managed not only to withstand against all odds, but actually thrive in adversity due to the current “retro revival” moment we’re experiencing and the fact people are looking for better quality, unique items. Apart from this, there are those who despite the global change remained faithful to custom made garments, and not necessarily because they’re wealthy. I believe there’s a common misconception where people inherently associate custom made to hefty price tags, which isn’t entirely true.
The price tag depends on a variety of factors such as the item itself, fabric and of course, the craftsman behind it. World renowned tailors may charge you absurd amounts, but then again so do their designers counterparts. As with so many other things in life the key is balance: finding a quality/price ratio that suits you is crucial. Once you do, you’ll see that pieces tailored to your liking may perfectly compete with similar RTW alternatives, with the perk of being unique and perfect fitting. Say you choose a Thomas Mason fabric for a shirt or a Zegna for a suit, the end result may very well be cheaper than the same versions purchased at a retailer.
If you haven’t done so already give it a try, you might be in for a pleasant surprise…
LINKS À LA MODE: WEEKLY ROUNDUP 10/13
My first entry of the Urban Menswear Myths series made it to this week’s Links à La Mode! Here’s the list…
Edited by Vahni of Grit & Glamour
It’s been a while since I’ve done a LALM roundup, and it’s nice to be back! You’ve been busy little bloggers—some trend reporting here, a little schmoozing backstage at Salvatore Ferragamo there, and a lot of DIYing. You’re veritable blogging animals, with fabulously-spotted hides to match! Yeah, the animal trend—prints, furs, style stalking, what have you—with this round of posts, consider it done. And well-done, I might add.
THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LINKS À LA MODE: OCTOBER 13TH
- Aquí: A special collaboration: Alexander Wang + Sally Hansen
- Beyond Fabric: Unveiling menswear myths: #1—dressing up in warm weather.
- Boyish Chic: How to make a fancier dress wearable for every day.
- Cosmolawlitan: Reebok’s toning shoes do not tone as advertised
- Dress Code: High Fashion: Backstage at Salvatore Ferragamo S/S 12 and what I learned there.
- Dress With Courage: Does your actual appearance match what you see in the mirror? Why women overestimate their size.
- Fashion Dynamite: How I mixed two fall trends in my OOTD—faux fur and ankle pants.
- Fierce: Keeping that ego in check.
- Grit & Glamour: What V wore: purple, reigned in* (plus midi-length tips).
- Haute Americana: Get in the Halloween spirit with American-made Halloween-esque essentials.
- My So-Called Corporate Life: How to wear the fall 2011 snakeskin trend to the office.
- Pretty Quirky Pants: DIY Lace tier Scallop Skirt
- Semi-Sweet Style: Meet a style icon: Christine Centenera.
- Smart n Snazzy: Pretty n punk: DIY studs n lace shoe refashion.
- Thanks I Made It: Getting to the point: DIY spike necklace.
- The Complex Media & Design Blog: Fashion for good: The Body Shop continues fight against sex trafficking with STOP bag.
- The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower: Lessons from Tom Ford to an unlikely fashionista.
- The Style Project: In the red—colored corduroys.
- Tickle Me Chic: Taking a walk on the wild side: mixing prints and taking chances.
- What 2 Wear Where: What to wear: animal prints for NBC New York Live
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Urban Menswear Myths #2
It’s usually accepted that a gentleman should stick to a particular color palette, comprised of classic shades and refraining from overly bold items and accessories. Although this perception of the overall ensemble is slowly falling into oblivion, one item in particular has been breaking boundaries and rapidly assuming the spotlight when it comes to introducing color and pattern into an outfit: the sock.
As with so many other elements in menswear, it’s assumed that socks should only be purchased in a variety of solid hues of black, blue, grey and brown. In strictly formal, corporate environments, any kind of subtle alteration is often looked upon sideways, making it all the more easier and somewhat safer, to stick to those basics and avoid unnecessary risks and attention. Make no mistake, even within this range there’s a fiery debate on how socks should match other elements, namely the shoe or the trouser.
However, as the definition of formal is changing by the day, allowing us to present slight glimpses of personality through our attires, be it in the form of a colorful tie, pocket square, cufflink or even socks, now is the time to do so. Sporting a slightly flashier solid or patterned version, should not be faced as provocative, but rather as a strong dash of character. If done right, it’s a perfect way to add visual interest and the right amount of edge to any look. Just don’t go overboard and stay away from childish prints or motifs, but don’t be afraid to show some color; especially with more casual outfits…roll those cuffs and show them socks! Contrasting ankles are a great way to step it up a notch.