OOTD 26-07-2013 ‘Exercising restraint and making alterations’
Even in a glacially slow subculture like #menswear there are obsessions with the ‘next big thing’. Many of us younger more impressionable men chase the magical steez dragon: leaping from trend to trend in an effort to remain on top of the game and appear stylish in the most contemporary way possible.
As a result we often forget to lavish attention on garments we already own, scrimping for that newest thing from the moment it hits our dashboard. So it was with a sense of new found purpose, upon re-discovering an old pair of Burberry trousers that I set about the process of getting them fixed for more regular wear.
I had my local tailor (a hard as nails, not too PC dude called ‘Bob’) take in the seat, reduce the inseam and cuff the hems of the trousers - to the 2” standard no less, because I’m so unimaginative - so I can get a more flattering fit out of them. With woolen trousers (particularly flannels and virgin wools) you need to take into account how chopping the material will effect the drape, but in this instance I’m pretty happy with what was achieved with $60 and a 2 day time frame.
The rest of the outfit is a reliable - if unremarkable - mixture of bloggah friendly staples including one sterling addition, a wool topcoat with a white and blue overcheck purchased by my father from the basement of The Peninsula Hotel (HK). The interior is lined with a red natural fabric, with interior zippers for a removable gilet. Made for St Dupont - you know, the guys who make the reported best lighters in the world - it seems like a great piece of outerwear at a cursory glance: manufactured with imported fabrics, shell buttons and a number of bells and whistles. Chief among these ‘extras’ is a contrast lined under-collar, a ticket pocket and the aforementioned detachable gilet. Whatever the case, the fact that my father bought it for me assigns a proud amount of sentimental value to it, some things are worth more to us because they carry with them memories.
As with my previous OOTD post, it is crucial (particularly for younger men with less money) to get the most mileage out of anything you own. The Suitsupply jacket I am wearing in this post forms the cornerstone of a number of outfits in my wardrobe, and despite its flap pockets and herringbone stripe I find it doesn’t clash too unpleasantly with most of my other separates.
Maestro Jeffrey and I were joined this time around by another friend of mine, the talented Emma Lucia, Emma specializes in film photography and so with her on board we made the trek to an old graveyard not too far from my campus. In the early hours of the morning, the dark landscape was peppered with growing shades of sunlight, perfect for some experimentation. While Jeffrey’s photos (as above) remain excellent in the conventional sense I am eager to see how we fared on film. Stay tuned for those images.
St Dupont plaid wool overcoat
Suitsupply ‘Washington’ S120 suit jacket (worn as sportcoat)
Richard James OTR 2 ply shirt
Burberry Prorsum virgin wool trousers (tailored by Ashley & Schreder)
The Knottery pocket square
Paul Smith socks
United Arrows for Mr Bathing Ape camouflage tie
Meermin Linea Classic doublemonks (dainite sole)
All images by Jeffrey Hamilton 26-07-2013