Ahead of the weekend, I thought I'd share one of my favorite jackets which hasn't gotten as much wear as I would have liked this summer. Probably one of the bolder pieces in my wardrobe, I snagged this cotton jacket when Banana Republic was clearing out its Mad Men collection with no regrets. Needless to say, because the jacket stands out so much, I kept everything around it fairly straightforward. Except for the silk pocket square with the bandana print which I pretty much just stuffed in my pocket. Because bandana print.
Aaaaaaaand, while you're here, just in case you missed it on the home page, ya know....I started this blog as a hobby and have continued to push ahead despite wanting to shut it down because of life's other demands. I was humbled to learn a couple of days ago, that its been nominated in six different categories in the St. Louis Fashion Week Blog Awards. If you enjoy the blog, I would like to ask for your support in the form of a vote here.
Again, many thanks in advance.
Cotton Plaid Jacket x Banana Republic, Eggshell Oxford Cloth Button Down x Stafford, Blue Cotton Chinos x GAP, Burgundy Tassel Loafers x Johnston & Murphy, Red Bandana Print Silk Pocket Square x Original Penguin, Cotton Socks x J.Crew, Tortoiseshell Glasses x Gant Rugger
Navy Hopsack Jacket x Stafford, Spread Contrast Collar Shirt - MTM, Silk Red/Navy Polka Dot - Unsigned, Charcoal Grey Trousers - MTM, Brown Double Monk-Straps x Mercanti Fiorentini, Red Linen Tipped Pocket Square x Nordstrom, Glasses x Tom Ford, Bracelets - Tibetan Beads from travelling monks.
First off, I apologize for the infrequency of posts of late. That thing called work, ya know? However, I'm blessed to have a job I enjoy plus its been unbearably hot here in the 'Lou, so there's also that.
Alright, so by now, I'm sure I've beaten the idea of the #menswear uniform to death in other posts, but that because its damn near impossible to go wrong with the navy and gray combination, fit issues and other considerations aside. It pretty much works with anything and every once in a while lends itself to a bit of ostentation as seen here with the polka dot tie and socks. Once I decided to bypass the almost automatic tendency to wear a solid white shirt, I decided to really have fun with it. My trousers are long enough to where the socks would only really be noticeable while sitting and I thought the broad white tipped red linen pocket square would help highlight the contrast collar and cuff of the shirt a bit more.
"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