Much has been said about Spring blues, as distinct garments in different shades of this iconic menswear staple continue to drop from all sorts of labels. From the timeless navy to the season’s pale and baby blues, this is an invaluable option to consider for your Summery wardrobe. Inspired by some recent purchases, namely the shirt and chinos, I decided to put together a monochromatic attire to honor it. Pulling off unique a color from head to toe definitely poses a challenge and requires some pattern, texture and hue matching skills. However, if done right, the result is a strikingly polished look few others can outmatch…
Details: unlined cotton/silk peak lapel blazer by Adam Kimmel, striped widespread collar shirt by Millerighe, pale blue cotton chinos by Zara, navy suede penny loafers by Buttero, silk knit polka dot tie by Carolina Herrera, ribbon belt by Purificacion Garcia, tie bar by The Tie Rack, bracelet by street vendor and vintage chronograph by Citizen.
Model and Styling: Miguel Vieira
Photography: Rita Lino
The lost art of keeping it simple…
In a time when men are becoming more and more conscious of their image and making an added effort to look their best, the allure of adding unexpected elements to an attire may be hard to resist. Add to that the continuous flow of menswear accessories entering the market and their growing social acceptance, and you end up with a volatile recipe for excess.
As much as I appreciate sprezzy, intricate outfits, comprised of several layers and properly accessorized, the line which separates elegance from tackyness is a thin one… Even though there are several ways in which an outfit can go overboard, either due to color/pattern combinations or design itself, my greatest grudge concerns over accessorizing. We’re currently experiencing a period of dandyism and gentlemanliness revival, with many embellishments of “old” making their debut to younger generations: lapel and collar pins, bowties, tie bars, neck scarves, pockets squares and even hats may have an acquaintance with older men, but are a whole new universe for their younger counterparts.
As I see it, it’s this exciting feeling of discovery that leads many men to get carried away, but mind you: the fact that a wide paraphernalia of accessories is at your disposal, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear them all at once. In the search for a style differential, men often forget the powerful appeal of simplicity and the ancient premise that “less is more”. One man that definitely embodies this concept is Milan Vukmirovic. Usually spotted in outstanding minimalistic looks, often focused on one core piece, Trussardi’s former creative director is always looking his best. He’s living proof that style isn’t always about a myriad of elements, and if questions about his impeccable taste remain just take a look at some of his looks.
His use of color is superb: both monochromatic and contrasting versions.