Simplicity done right by japanese label Aloye
Junya Watanabe Contrast Chelsea Boots
I’m pretty sure that one of the things that keeps portuguese people going with (sort of) a smile on their faces is our climate. With ‘Xmas at the door we’re still enjoying beautiful sunny days that drive you to make the most of your city. Embracing the Holidays’ spirit, I teamed up once again with luxury footwear manufacturer Carlos Santos to celebrate traditional seasonal shades showcased through some of their outstanding models. Needless to say that the first roundup is focused on green…
Portraying a distinctive shade highlighted by the soft suede uppers, these ankle boots are definitely one of a kind. Its classic last and construction with leather soles, insoles and lining is perfectly balanced by the unique color, along with details such as contrast stitching and laces. This makes them suitable to wear on a variety of occasions and with different looks, ranging from denim up to a bolder suited attire. Here I incorporated them into a semi-formal ensemble, a personal favourite that will hardly let you be caught off-guard in any given occasion.
I’ve said it before, but I definitely believe green is one of the most underrated colors in menswear…it works perfectly with blue and grey and adds an unexpected feel to the whole look. Picking on the shades of the boots, the green striped shirt pairs beautifully with the navy cashmere tie and blackwatch scarf, while the timeless shawl collar cardigan adds some texture and contrast.
Details: wool shawl collar cardigan by Tommy Hilfiger, MTO green striped shirt, worn-out Levi’s 501, suede ankle boots by Carlos Santos, vintage tortoise shades, reversible blackwatch scarf by Coisas d’Homem, cashmere tie by Massimo Dutti, socks by Paul Smith and bracelets by Viola Milano.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Add-On ties now live at the store! Presenting a 7cm width and made from soft cotton and oxford fabric, the ties come in two unique versions: a variation on the timeless blackwatch plaid and a beautiful striped pattern. Check them here!
Along with the previous deliveries of pocket squares and the upcoming handmade bowties, Add-on offers a wide range of menswear accessories perfect for all styles and a great alternative for ‘Xmas.
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