‘VARIETY- NOT NECESSARILY THE SPICE OF MENSWEAR LIFE’
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There is a substantial amount a man can do to dress himself with flair and personality, and while the initial list of menswear ‘essentials’ can often seem confusing and nonsensical (neckerchiefs and driving gloves anyone?) one needs to put this in perspective with style in a wider context.
While women are motivated by seasonal trends, changing color palettes and ever-changing conceptual requirements (this year its military, next it may be victorian, who knows) men instead have a limited and largely unchanging sartorial arsenal from which to pick their next outfit. Even as seasons change and trends fly in and out, men can weather the style storm by switching material (linen in summer, cotton in winter) and adding refined touches to their basic wardrobe (feeling edgy, how about a paisley tie or a catching hermatite tie pin?)
Here are a couple of Styleternity’s truly essential picks for this season, next season and really any time of year when teamed with an appropriate outfit:
- ACNE ‘Limit’ scoop neck crew tee: take a leaf out of James Dean’ and Marlon Brando’s book with this pure cotton crew tee made by Sweden’s premiere denim house, a versatile wardrobe staple that looks as good with selvedge denim as it does with a trusty bomber jacket.
- Alexander McQueen check bomber jacket: with the minimalism of the season past, couture houses are looking back to checks to provide a more sophisticated texture to classic wardrobe staples. Try the Alexander McQueen bomber in check from rebellious rock’n’roll chic with a predatory Clockword Orange-esque twist!
- Beams Plus double breasted blazer: blazers are an undeniably adaptable wardrobe staple, and this season is all about the double breasted shape and its hard box silhouette, the Beams Plus blazer in cornflower blue is an excellent place to start. With a contemporary cut and vintage style, this wardrobe staple can easily be dressed up or down!
- Lanvin cotton cardigan: forget the stuffy menthol scented knits of your grandpappy; the Lanvin double breasted cardigan with a knitted collar will look as good with velvet slippers and a pipe as it will with soft cotton pants and a simple t-shirt. In a time where slim-is-in, its a comfort to know the chunky knit cardigan is still as desirable as it was 50 years ago!
- Alexander McQueen suede tassel loafer: Another brilliant new season arrival from Alexander McQueen, the suede tassel loafer epitomizes European style. In an elegant suede texture with rounded tassels wear this shoe with a contrasting sock to add a mischievous touch to a formal outfit. OR once worn in, go sockless and team with turned up chinos for instant louche style!
- Ralph Lauren Black Label suit: In a luxurious 3 piece cotton weave, this Prince of Wales style check suit by Ralph Lauren Black label blends the best of old world tailoring with contemporary American style, worn with or without the corresponding accessories (tie, cufflinks) this is a versatile suit that will serve well in the boardroom or at the banquet for years to come!
- Richard James sharkskin check suit: With a clientele including Robert Downey Jr. and James Bond (fictionally of course) a Richard James suit is a long term investment meant for form and functionality! This sharkskin check variety is the perfect armor for the sartorially inclined corporate raider and epitomizes the ‘dress to impress’ mantra of would-be masters of the universe.
- Edwin Ed-55 selvedge jeans: The Japanese are famed for an impressive discipline when it comes to even the most minute of details, and this shows through in Edwin’s classic selvedge jean. Great with loafers, a crew tee or paired with a blazer these raw denim jeans will outlast many jeans made at a similar price point and prove once again that Japan’s sphere of tech-fashion influence remains wide and supreme!