As I edge toward the end of my initial brush with tertiary study its important to stay active in the blogosphere. Just as cramming and daily morning coffee have become a routinized part of my life, so too has musing on well made things and the intersection between fashion and style. I haven’t delivered an outfit post for over 3 months now, and it is with this imbalance in mind that me and master Jeffrey set out to get back into a healthy content making routine.
I recently managed to extract from Yoox a - relatively - inexpensive Piombo sportcoat. I can’t believe its taken me this long to supplement my wardrobe with such an essential, but in the midst of all my seasonal outerwear fervor priorities fell by the wayside. The navy blazer, in its various iterations, has long been a part of every #menswear subset. Here in Australia, its doubly important to find such an essential in the appropriate material. Piombo makes this incredibly comfortable double breasted version, in washed cotton twill suited to the temperate climate that permeates our everyday lives. Its no surprise that their take embodies the relaxed aesthetic Southern Italians are now (in)famous for but it is exactly this casualness that make it suitable for just about any occasion (I even paired it with sweatpants on one occasion and was no worse for wear). In the interest of posterity, I will echo what has already been said by mypantalones regarding Piombo’s fit: SIZE UP. As a label with serious ‘fashion’ credentials Piombo can be quite slim and short.
Thanks to Japanese menswear publications like Free & Easy, I also have an interest in white that has exploded into full on fetishism. I decided therefore to wear the Piombo DB with my white cotton trousers from Band of Outsiders. Again, these are incredibly slim and the bunching in my knee as the pants taper is evidence to that fact. But you could easily substitute these with something with a straight leg opening and flat front (Ambrosi anyone?).
If the navy/mid gray color combination is affectionately termed ‘security guard’ then it stands to reason that navy/white could just as easily be dubbed ‘prep school mariner’. Regardless of its more traditionalist connotations, I’m always incredibly at ease wearing these two colors together. ‘Safe’ color combinations yield payoffs in other areas: say the ability to deploy a suitably rakish pocket square or go for the loudest madder tie. Far from disturbing how good your ensemble looks, such affectations add points of interest to the outfit. They add visual interest to the interplay between navy and white, also helping to offset the ‘preppy’ or ‘trad’ overtones that can often drown such an outfit.
As for the umbrella: a thoughtful gift, borne of utilitarian necessity, begs appreciation. That and I owe it to my girlfriend to more often use the things she buys me in public, good taste loves (though it might not necessarily need) an audience.
Piombo double breasted jacket (6 x 2)
Kamakura oxford (spread collar)
Christian Kimber ‘Melbourne’ pocket square
Drakes x The Armoury ink grenadine (tied w/ a reverse 4-in-hand..easily my favorite tie)
Band Of Outsiders cotton chinos
Meermin austerity brogue on museum calf (MTO)
Garrett Leight California Optical sunglasses
All images by Jeffrey Hamilton 12-03-2014