Universal Works AW13 Collection
Grey and Beige
Grey is a basic essential in every man’s wardrobe, being second only to navy, the epitome of menswear versatility and timelessness. A light grey or charcoal suit and slacks are the perfect example of pieces you’ll most likely end up wearing for years to come. The trick, so to speak, is finding new ways and combinations to sport them in order to keep a polished yet unique look: one that reflects your personality among the remaining thousands of guys wearing the “same” suit. Distinction can be achieved through a number of ways, be it fabric quality and fit, or subtle personal details such as linings, cuff length, etc. - basically you don’t need to reinvent those essentials in order to stand out.
This outfit is the result of a balanced mix between classic and edgier pieces, combining the elegance of grey slacks and beige shades on the sports jacket and derby shoes, with highlights of color and pattern on the accessories. The latter, along with the almost melodic color combination, are definitely what gives the whole outfit a new life: this unique button-down patchwork scarf works perfect both under a jacket (assuming a vest-like appearance) or on its own. The blend of different hues of grey and patterns such as checks, houndstooth and herringbone makes it a statement piece in its own right. A perfect fitting white dress shirt works as a blank canvas for the scarf and burgundy tie and pocket square…
Details: cotton piquet sports jacket by Massimo Dutti, MTO spread collar shirt by AGVA, 110s wool slacks (part of a 3 piece suit) by Purificacion Garcia, taupe suede derby shoes by Buttero, patchwork button-down scarf by Zara, polka dot tie by Vicri, vintage pocket square, tie bar by Tie Rack, watch by Daniel Wellington and shades by Ray-Ban.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Cut me some slack…
The widespread concept that dressing up is uncomfortable couldn’t be further from the truth. However, it seems to have become the number one excuse for people to cruise around town in sweatpants and running shoes, especially during the weekend. Don’t get me wrong, but if most of us are “sartorially restrained” by a work imposed etiquette five days a week, one would expect that on the remaining two, people would want to look their best. Want sweatpants’ comfort? Stay in and enjoy your couch.
As I see it, looking good is essential to make you feel good and thus make the most of your free time! And that can be easily achieved with a V-neck sweater, crewneck tee, grey slacks and sneakers…What’s uncomfortable about that?
Fit details: cotton v-neck sweater by Purificacion Garcia, crewneck tee by Levi’s, wool slacks by Gentleman, Ibsen sneakers by Paul Smith, cashmere/wool cap by Ralph Lauren, Wayfarer sunglasses by Ray Ban, bracelet by street vendor and watch by Rolex GMT Master II
Model and Styling: Miguel Vieira
Although I have a thing against outlets, the truth remains that there are great deals to be had at a select few. This silk knit tie by Carolina Herrera was originally priced at 110€ and I got it for 10€: perfect feel, pattern and width.
White button down oxford by Ralph Lauren (custom fit), grey wool slacks by Gentleman Tailors (custom made), distressed brown leather boat shoes by Buttero, navy silk polka dot knit tie by Carolina Herrera, brown braided leather belt by Acne and vintage Citizen chronograph.