Breaking the habit #3
For the final entry on the series I’ll focus on sporting the suit jacket on its own, which for me, is probably the most difficult version of the breakdown to master. Due to my own personal style and wardrobe composition, I usually stray from wearing the suit jacket alone as I have a variety of blazers to choose from, but that doesn’t mean this is not a great variation to go with. The trickiest part here is that depending on the fabric, the jacket is likely to portray a sophisticated feel which requires the rest of the look to match accordingly, making relaxed attires a bit harder to pull off. The easiest way to avoid this is to go for an overall refined ensemble, simply pairing the jacket with contrasting slacks…however, as the end result is quite similar to a “full-suit” look, I wanted to take a different approach.
In this particular case, both the windowpane pattern and natural sheen of the navy wool carry a natural elegance that set the mood for the other pieces. I could actually picture this look with a pair of fitted dark blue/raw jeans instead, but since mine are heavily worn out, the unmatched shades of blue didn’t make for a proper alternative. As such, I chose to go with a pair of polished beige chinos and balance the remaining attire with an untucked white shirt, green sweat and a pair of leather cognac ankle boots. Accessories are a necessity as the floral brown scarf proves yet again…
PS: please bear in mind that although you can and should wear suit pieces separately, the same rule does not apply when it comes to garment care. Always make sure to take the full suit to the dry cleaners, to ensure the utmost color affinity throughout the years.
Details: navy wool windowpane jacket (part of a suit), white dress shirt, cognac leather boots and lapel pin by Purificacion Garcia, green sweatshirt by Our Legacy, beige chinos by Acne, wool floral scarf by Èpice and polka dots socks by H&M.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Unionmade AW13 “Indigo” Lookbook
A celebration of indigo portraying a selection of pieces from the Californian retailer, including Unis, Journal Standard, Golden Bear and Quoddy.
Vacation’s Attire Day 1
Coming back to my beachside hometown for a few days was the perfect excuse to bring out some of the more summery alternatives in my wardrobe and throw some layering and accessories into the mix. Enjoying a more casual, relaxed vibe, Figueira da Foz is a prime example of how scorching heat gives place to chilly evenings, meaning everything from cardigans and sports coats up to sweaters is a common alternative for a walk around town. Knowing in advance what I was up for, I packed accordingly, aiming to have several alternatives which allowed me to stay in tune with a vacation feel.
This chambray-like linen popover shirt is one of my favourite summer purchases and proof, that yet again, there are some nice steals at major retailers like Zara. The beautiful shade and details such as the hidden button down collar, front zip closure and biased side pockets, give it a nice twist and versatility; moreover, the quality of the linen used is surprisingly reasonable when compared to other lower-end labels. The unique shade goes perfect with the sand/pinkish tone on the relaxed chinos, which are paired with grey fringed boat shoes. Finally the bold ethnic scarf stands out on its own, but also ties everything together by picking different hues from all the remaining pieces and accessories such as bracelets and signet ring.
Details: linen popover shirt by Zara, v-neck tee by Levi’s, cotton chinos by Our Legacy (tailored), fringe boat shoes by Buttero, ethnic scarf by Purificacion Garcia, watch by Daniel Wellington, beaded bracelets by Viola Milano, vintage silver signet ring.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Wooster for Original Penguin “Below the Belt”
Spring Check in
It seems lately everything is about patterns: stripes, florals, surf inspired motifs or even wilder prints such as the ones from Gitman and Our Legacy latest drops, there’s a hype about which one is trendiest and what garments to sport them in. Although I’m a sucker for many of this season’s offerings I have to admit that checks still do, and have done so for me ever since their popularity boom about 3/4 years ago. There’s just something about a well balanced checked patterned that makes it both timeless and up to date, granting it a place in everyone’s wardrobe for years to come. This shirt by Our Legacy was love at first sight and has become the only short sleeve version in my wardrobe so far; the brilliant color scheme makes it perfect with denim and khakis while its casual feel allows to sport it over a tee. The polka dot pocket square on the trucker jacket opposes its relaxed nature and adds yet another pattern to the mix…
Details: denim trucker jacket by Levi’s, checked short sleeve shirt by Our Legacy, v-neck tee by Levi’s, Ken cotton chinos by Acne, polka dot pocket square by The Tie Rack, vintage braided leather belt, bracelet by street vendor and watch by Rolex
Model and Styling: Miguel Vieira
Photography: Rita Lino