I for one am incredibly happy about that. It means wool, it means tweed and it means layering without dying from heat.
So, as my first official winter Fancy Friday, I dusted off my woollen pants and built an outfit around them. Black and blue is one of my favourite combinations (I think I’ve said this before, or was it black and grey? Black and grey is also excellent!) The trick with black, is making it seem like you’re not going to a funeral. A black suit is even tricky for day time use, unless you are actually going to a funeral, so it’s best to break it up a little with something lighter up top.
I wanted to carry the textures across this outfit too and you’ll see below that the tie is very textured, while the jacket has a very textured print giving the appearance of texture. That preppy tie can also come across very formal and boring if it’s not paired properly with a shirt, a white shirt may of just been too boring, while the small check in this shirt helped bring it all together I thought. You decide.
The details (you know how I love my details) always need to be considered, they’re the elements that will finish your statement – whatever that is. I was going for the “I mean business” look / statement so decided to keep the pocket square and lapel flower in the exact same tonal range as the tie, mostly so that they never pop out and make a louder noise than anything else. This wouldn’t have been a mistake though, something bright and colourful would have made this look a lot less serious. Though, you can tell by my face, i’m all about serious :)
The final touch was the shoes. I was already sporting a shiny leather briefcase, so even though I should of matched leathers and gone for some shiny black shoes ( i had a pair of classic black wingtips on moments before I left the house) I thought I would let the shoes bring in some fun – don’t tell my face -and let them match up with all the blue action happening up top.
Finally, (and I know you’ll agree with me on this) how beautiful is that briefcase? Simple and understated, unlike my outfit. NOW, if you live in Cape Town and think it’s time to treat yourself to a long weekend bag of sorts Calvin Klein at the V&A Waterfront is offering R500 off any bag in store from the 24th – 27th of April. Yeah, thats it, that simple, the leather briefcases are really incredible and if you don’t find something for you, the offer is on ladies bags too, so, maybe do something nice for your other half.
Those of you looking for details on the above outfit:
Sunglasses by RayBan
Blazer from Topman
Tie from Friday Tie Day
Lapel flower from River Island
Pocket square from Heywood
Briefcase from Calvin Klein
Watch from MVMT
Pants from Ben Sherman (Available locally at Stuttafords)
Okay. Stay fancy.