With my dark complexion i should be very warm to the use of loud colors according to skin tone and color rule, but unfortunately i tend to stay from too much color simply because i find it too desperate, almost like a call for unneeded attention. I’ll bet on being the last one in the room to root for an odd jacket in a loud color, but in my defense for this purple three button jacket from Zegna I humbly submit to my obsession with rusty hues of bright colors, i cant resist almost any color in linen with darling wrinkles as beautiful as these.
Pink and green. Outside my stubborn fixation on conservative colors, pairing these two have got to be favorite color combo. I love this combo so much there is not week that I don’t pair these two; either via my shirt and tie or shirt and pocket square or in my extreme state shirt and socks.
My transition from street wear to my present sartorial wardrobe wasn’t an easy one, and it all stemmed from my inability to speak through clothing without brand names hanging from every limb. Street wear is not a stroll in the park, instead of having an acquired taste for the knowledge of fabric and pattern choice, knowing the newest brand simply got you the crown most times with street wear. The fact this rule did not play out in sporting a suit truly exhausted me with getting it right. In the world of suiting nothing plays a more vital role than choice. The Choice of fabric, color and fit; learning how important these three little birds were made all the difference in my wardrobe, especially when it boiled down to the ART of employing a shirt, tie and a suit with perfect Harmony . With time I understood why sporting a suit required every thread of the wearer’s personality, apart from it being the cornerstone of the ensemble itself, one’s personality echoed in every single item, be it the way a gentleman knots a tie or the careless way his pocket square peaks out of his breast pocket. Paying an arm and a leg for a bespoke suit and not being able to walk around with a tag suggesting my well deserved expense bothered me at first, it totally killed the joy of dressing up for me, prancing around with new clothes on in utter silence( who does that?). With time patience found me, and as the desperate need to flaunt my status through clothing left me and a new wave of appreciation filled the void. Soon enough i realized how close the art of suiting is to finding one’s self. Wearing a suit puts you in a box, one that does not keep you from who you are but gradually teaches you to become a better you. If you are bold one a suit will channel that trait with enough elegance. (Photo courtesy of the Armoury)
Notch Lapel seersucker jacket by Hackett, Shirt by TM Lewin, Gray pants by Jack Reid, Vintage Suspenders and Tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy
I finally found another way to wear this beautiful two button single breasted jacket from Fiovarante. For weeks I have been I pairing them with the same pale blue shirt and navy pants until this magical injection of gray happened by accident. I am constantly in search of new ways to inject blues and browns in my wardrobe, and by far this here is my favorite. I love the light hues of blue and gray, juxtaposed against this beautiful brown rust jacket this ensemble has won my Wednesday spot ( yes I put together outfits by day and moods, feel free to try it, it makes putting together ensembles for work so easy)
If you have an appreciation like I do for menswear, then being around an individual like Allen will definitely take it to a new level. In menswear nothing is too little to ignore (look at me sounding all knowing), from color code to proportions, it almost makes it seem very stiff and very ”rule” centered from a distance but if you look closely it’s all nothing but art if you ask me. I have come to appreciate the little big things about menswear so much that it has found its way into my personal wardrobe. _ Dita
I often get asked about how I put my outfits together, well, most men will argue that an outfit starts-off better from your choice of shoes but I personally prefer to start mine off with whichever I item I feel the need to wear for the day . For example, I was bent on wearing this beautiful green three button jacket from Aquascutum to the office and so I simply built my ensemble around it. I decided on a light pair of grey pants to offset the dark green jacket and employed a crisp white shirt for the big contrast. I am fond of using shoes and ties as my tools to ground outfits, it’s something that works for me. If my ensemble has a lot of light colored fabrics I tend to ground it which some solids, and that mostly requires something black and worn in.
Ever since I purchased this two button jacket from FIORAVANTE I have worn it with the same light blue shirt and solid navy tie every single time it absents itself from my the rack of suit s. I hate uniforms but this ensemble is one I might never get tired of. The blue palette that the tie, shirt and pants form complements this crusty brown jacket so well it makes it hard for me to pair it with anything else. I might experiment with other pieces later but for now I am totally fine with this uniform of mine, it’s built to last I tell you.