Jacket x Stafford, Extreme Cutaway Shirt x Trashness, Chocolate Grenadine Tie - Unsigned, Light-Weight Chinos x Jeffrey Max, Pocket Square x Armstrong & Wilson, Lapel Pin x byElias, Suede Oxfords x Santoni, Vintage Watch x Omega, Glasses x Tom Ford.
Every year, some of the nattiest dressers from around the world gather at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy for what is undoubtedly the most important platform for showing menswear and launching new projects in men's fashion. First held in September 1972, Pitti Immagine Uomo has become synonymous with men's style, showing everything from staples and classics to the avant garde and wtf pieces - last year, I saw a photo of a guy wearing a jacket that was still in the basting phase. Last week, Pitti 86 came to life and thanks to social media and my ongoing desire to learn more about menswear, the faces were more familiar than ever. You know how there's that one event or thing you want to check out just once, just because? Well, Pitti just made that list. Meanwhile, I got my practice on at home. Lately, I've been rocking hats with virtually anything I wear and have picked up a few of them to support the new habit.
I picked this jacket up at Uniqlo last year during one of their big sales and even though I wasn't quite sure what I would do with it, the color caught my eye and the fact that I thought it was a cool take on their moisture wicking fabric. For someone like me who feels most comfortable in a jacket of some sort, its perfect to throw on over a t-shirt and go without worrying about getting too warm. As for the bandana, it really was a random thought that popped into my head and I decided to go with it.
Lightweight Jacket x Uniqlo, Nautical Stripe T-Shirt x JCP, Denim x Converse, Bandana x Levis, Sneakers x Jack Purcell.
I'll be honest, when the shoes first arrived, I thought maybe I had gotten carried away in the selection of color in the design process. I looked at the color of the piping and tassels and thought to myself that it was brighter than I probably would normally have gone for, but then I remembered why I chose it. The ability to select every detail of your shoes means you can go as bold as YOU think you can pull off and quite frankly, these are party shoes so why the heck not?
For their maiden voyage, I put together this outfit for the Hot List STL party - sort of the official kick off to summer in St. Louis bringing together the top restaurants, boutiques, cultural institutions and more. Everything from ice cream carts serving champagne flavored ice cream to one of a kind pieces of jewelry.
As soon as I looked at the shoes, I knew I wanted to wear white pants and from there, building the rest of the outfit went fairly quickly. On a final note, this outfit reminded me that it really doesn't have to cost a lot of money to dress well as the whole thing minus the shoes came in well under $100. No jacking around. Everything. Stuff like this allows me to invest in the items that I really want.
Grey Cotton-Linen Jacket x Stafford - $45, Fuschia-Rose Gingham Shirt x Stafford - $15, White Cotton-Linen Pants x Claiborne - $25, Silk Pocket Square - $5, Bespoke Suede Tassel Loafers x Daniel & Lade.
Linen is a fantastic fabric for those days where its so hot that the difference between day and night is hardly noticeable. However, while I definitely believe in wearing my clothes, the obsessive compulsive in me kind of has a little issue with wrinkles. So I compromise by looking for cotton-linen blends that allow me the breathability of linen but a bit more wrinkle resistance.
"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out" - James Bryant Conant. This blog is documentation of my journey, sticking my neck out to pursue my passion for men's style and tailoring. - Wale