full-lengthWhen you find the perfect pair of grey pants, your wardrobe is pretty pretty much complete.

Well, unless you only have grey pants, then, no. You’re gonna need to get some more stuff.

Grey pants, much like all neutrals go with pretty much anything, and these particular pair have come to my rescue more than once. Look, I know they’re just a pair of pants, but it can get pretty life or death at home when I cant find the right pants.

My favourite combo is grey and blue. It’s so corporate, its like the ultimate corporate uniform, so I like to find ways to take the beautiful ‘grey pants navy blazer’ combo and mess with it a little! Small things of course, details.

In this case, there were just different textures or patterns in every item, from the seersucker blazer to the woollen tie. The trick was allowing them all their individuality while making them still speak to each other. Really its like a 12 year olds birthday disco if you think about it. Seriously. Think about it.

So, lets look at the details then. Light blue in shirt to match light blue in tie, dark blue in tie to pull the focus away from the blazer, light blue’s in pocket square to bring your eye back across the chest and white lapel flower to lead your head back round the top. The brown wooden tie was a little cheeky wink to the belt, shoes and watch strap if you must know.

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Blazer from Gap (available locally at Stuttafords)

Shirt from Gap

Lapel flower from NicHarry

Tie from from NicHarry

Tie clip by NicHarry

Pocket square from NicHarry

(get 15% off on your purchase at NicHarry with discount code WMBW15)

Watch by Daniel Wellington

Belt by Ted Baker

Pants from River Island

Shoes by Dune London

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

 

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Here we go! My first actual proper ‘travel” post. Wish me luck.

A couple of weeks ago, with valentines approaching, Elzaan and I decided we wanted to get out of town for a little romantic get away. We both wanted something “rustic” where we could sit and stare into nature with a glass of wine (or bottle) in our hands. We love to cook and wanted that to be part of the experience, so staying in a hotel wasn’t an option – they get funny about you using the kitchen without permission. Lastly, we didn’t want to drive for hours to get there, it was only going to be 2 nights so we wanted to make the time count.

After a little bit of research, we stumbled on to this place, the Rico Suter Country House. It seemed perfect. 

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It sits somewhere between Ceres and Worcester, about an hour and half out of Cape Town. The farm itself is a working wine and fruit farm and you pretty much stay on the top floor of the farmers house. No not in the attic, its not that rustic, but in a double volume space with beautiful open truss ceilings and views for days.

Seriously, if you go for nothing else, go for the incredible, incredible views. Our sunset on the first day was so epic we nearly spilt our G&T’s (calm down I said ‘nearly’). We’re also pretty sure that Saturdays sunset was as epic, but we were napping so who knows – something about farm life and naps! If its good enough for the farm dogs (of which there are 2) its good enough for me.

Anyway, I digress.

We arrived and were greeted by Erika (the farmers wife), She quickly showed us around, told us a little about the farm and what they do, then left us to our own devices after bringing us some Rico Suter wines to sample. We sat on the balcony and watched the sun set against the mountains and over the vineyards. It truly was epic.

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I know that all I’m showing is scenery here, but you can get proper pics of the place on their website. I’m not a big ‘outdoorsy’, nature kinda guy, but I just couldn’t stop staring into this view! It’s totally postcard like!

Every room opens up on to the view, so you never miss it and are always overwhelmed, everywhere from the bathroom to the lounge looks over the vineyard with a mountain backdrop. So of course its no surprise that we chose to move our dining room table out on to the balcony for dinner. The kitchen isn’t incredibly well equipped, but I guess that’s relative to what it is you’re cooking. There is convection oven / microwave, one hotplate and an electric frying pan with a few pots and pans. For us it was perfect, we came well prepared and we pretty much cooked all our meals in the electric frying pan which is pretty awesome.

You can however get Erika to prepare meals for you if you (at an extra charge of course) so we thought we would get her to do breakfast on Saturday morning, and we could sleep in. The breakfast was amazing, a fresh fruit salad with muesli and yogurt, home made bread and pastries as well as all the ingredients for an omelette, finely chopped, sliced and ready to go. If you visit, I strongly suggest taking this option, its super worth it and everything is delicious and plentifull.

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The rest of our stay was spent relaxing, snoozing, listening to music, drinking champagne, drinking champagne, drinking champagne. Eating, relaxing…etc etc

There is a fair amount to do in the area, or even on the farm if you like. They have two dams for swimming, mountain bike and hiking trails and of course all the surrounding wine farms for lunches and tastings. You can even get involved in the farm, see how it runs, help out during the harvest, it’s all really up to you. We did very little of it, mostly because of the afore mentioned relaxing and champagne, though I suspect if we had more time we would of gone exploring

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If it is absolute peace and quite that you want, this is the place for you. I cant say it enough, come for the views alone! The Breede River Valley really is a beautiful part of the world. This place is also incredibly well priced given the size and facilities, we paid R980 ($84) for the first night with breakfast in the morning and R800 ($64) on the second night with no breakfast. These prices are for the room, not per person.

If you missed the link above, you can get all the details for the Rico Suter Country House here. If you decide to go, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Okay. Stay fancy

Oh, if you have any questions or remarks, leave me a question or comment below and I’ll try and answer it.

 

 

 

 

 

london-collections-pastel-menswear-garconjon-4R2A2950sPastels. Who would of thought they could look so bad ass!

Sartorial Sundays, as we have come to learn from my tardiness is not so much about ‘Sundays” as it is about sartorial inspiration for Sundays, and as far as the perfect sunday look goes, this is it! I mean can you not see yourself lying in the park sipping on Pimms and lemonade and eating tiny food out of a picnic basket wearing exactly this! I certainly can.

This is one of those rare outfits that teaches us that no matter what the rules say, when something works it can sometimes work beyond the rules. Almost nothing in this outfit matches (besides the cravat and pocket square) and the yellow shirt with khaki blazer just shouldn’t work as they’re too tonally similar. But, I think its fair to say it all just does. Maybe it’s his “I don’t give a rats ass attitude” that comes through it all, making you look at a man dressed in pastel and think ‘Nailed it’!!!

I’ve put together something similar below, mixing it up a little and eliminating things like the cravat, not that there is anything wrong with cravats, but they’re just not for everyone, and they’re certainly not for me. I thought I would apply this to my style, and maybe add a hat (helps keep the sun off your face while sipping on that Pimms) if you like this look and want to replicate it, give these a try.

Straw trilby available here

Pink check blazer available here

Floral pocket square available here

Burgundy lapel flower available here

Beige linen shirt available here

Blue chinos available here

Tan leather brogues available here

Happy shopping.

Okay. Stay fancy.

legs---TitleAhhh, summer you cruel mistress!

Cape town summers are the worst, I mean, they’re the best but they suck! Okay, I’m not being very clear here!

Summer in Cape Town is amazing. We rarely get any rain and those beautiful warm days only end with the sun going down a little after 8PM. Our summer really seems to last forever, though its often over just as you settle in. The one problem with summers in Cape Town is that although we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, they also come with some of the coldest water in the world, and I mean, dip your toe in…get hyperthermic headache kinda cold. So beach visits can be a little anticlimactic.

This is why a trip to the pool can always be a welcome reward.

poolsideLoungersshowerspool-drinksignwash-basinflowersviewSee, the idea of going to a pool is a great one, but the reality of actually visiting a pool is different. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool at home give yourself a high five. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in a hotel with a pool, “Welcome to Cape Town, I hope you enjoy your stay” because if not, your only other option is fighting your way through the crowds at Sea Point pool and swim in water where the urine ratio is slightly out of kilter.

Its for that reason that Elzaan and I decided we would head to Cape Towns new hotspot Batstone pool for a day of just ‘lying by the pool’. Somewhere we could have someone bring us gin and tonics and cold beers all day long while we sit under an umbrella and stare at Table Mountain. So we did exactly that, it was blissful.

drinkpool-from-aboveunder-the-umbrellalemonscrispsFor those of you who dont know what Batstone pool is, let me give you a little update.

Batstone is a kind of office meets pool club environment. Yeah, I know, but its much less weird than it sounds, although even the guys at Batstone don’t quite know how to define it. It’s not a bar, but you can have a drink, its not an office space, but you can have a meeting there and its not a restaurant, but you can grab a delicious lunch if you need one. The first time I went there was for a birthday party, and it seemed the perfect place for that too!

We got there, grabbed some deck chairs, ordered a beer and had a dip in the pool, then repeat and repeat with some tasty snacks thrown in the mix as the day went on. The place is very beautifully laid out and the views are spectacular. The menu is small, but super healthy and seems to change frequently, the staff are super friendly and the overall vibe just really chilled – exactly what you want for lying poolside. The details however are what make it, you get a little water bottle on arrival to spritz the summer heat off of you, they also provide fluffy white towels on every deck chair and the entire place has wi-fi so you can surf in the sun. By the end of the day, we felt like we were on holiday, all be it a couple of blocks from home.

sneaky-tree-shotbooksfull-lengthpersolshaviannasBatstone is open from 11am to sunset, if you want to book a lounger just drop them a mail at bookings@batstonepool.com or call 079 973 8368, you can also visit the website for all membership queries and other details.

Okay. Stay fancy.

Boardshorts by Tommy Hilfiger (available locally at Stuttafords)

Sunglasses by Persol

Flip Flops by Havaianas

 

 

 

 

 

As part of my attempt at providing broader and more useful content to all aspiring gentleman out there, i decided I would take a look at one of the details men often forget, grooming. Now, it wont be the first time I preach that the devil is in the details, but it should go beyond your lapel flower and tie clip all the way through to how you smell and what you stick on your face!

As usual, I’m pretty guilty of this myself, and as most of my friends are surprised to find out I have a terrible grooming routine. Look, I’m hardly a ‘shower once a week’ kinda guy, I mean, i’ve got the basics down (I think) and generally never leave the house without smelling good and at least putting something through my hair, even if its just my hand! But I’m talking about the details, the kinda stuff we need to do at 20, so that we don’t look 50 at 30 and mostly it’s just a daily skin routine to help keep us looking our best.

scrub-and-wash-2Now, weirdly enough, when I was in my 20’s I was much more fastidious and would scrub, wash, tone and cream daily, but for the most part, I think I was flexing my metrosexuality and it was more of a bragging right than anything else. Recently though, I’ve become a little lazy, and by recently I mean the last 10 years, until I got a talking too from my good friend Camilla over at All Dolled Up (its a beauty blog), something about how I need to take preventative measures and skin loosing elasticity, also something about UV rays and probably something about my lifestyle, I don’t know, I wasn’t really listening. At the end of it all I realised that although mom and dad had passed down the gift of a robust european skin to me, my days were limited and if I wanted to maintain my “youthful exuberance” it was time to grow up (Ironically)

Camillas suggestion, was Kiehl’s. Why? Well, quite simply she said, it was simple. Nothing fancy and technical, just really good simple stuff that works. I did some research, found out the company was 160 years old, it started in a pharmacy in New Yorks East village and has been passed down to 3 generations. They also only use naturally derived products and do lots of nice things for the planet! So I was sold!

shaving-2So I popped down to Edgar’s in the V&A waterfront to visit the local Kiehl’s stand, they did a quick skin test on me to see what I needed and started chatting to me about my daily routine, which I told them didn’t exists. I did have one complaint though, and that was razor burn every time I shaved my neck.

So here lies my new 3 step skin routine, well, not so new I guess Ive been doing it for the last 2 months. I wasn’t about to recommend a product I hadn’t actually tested properly, what if I broke out in a rash, or it was just plane rubbish!?

So anyway, every other day (or so), while in the shower, I use the Energising Scrub to kinda remove dead skin cells and other gross stuff, its got caffeine in it so its pretty much like a coffee for your face! WAKE UP FACE! That gets followed up with the Energising Face Wash which as the name suggests, energisers your skin (must be the menthol), it super fresh so it leaves you that SUPER clean tingly feeling. I like it! It’s also great prep work for shaving, leaves your stubble and face much softer!

On to the shaving, I wasn’t entirely sold on this ‘brushless shaving cream’ concept, I’ve been using a brush and shaving soap for a good few years now and although I wasn’t getting the best results I was reluctant to break my routine. This stuff is pretty incredible, and I’m totally converted, not an inch of razor burn or irritation since I started using it, was really impressed with how well it worked!

facial-fuel-2 Lastly, and pretty much after I’ve done everything else (hair, teeth, etc) I put some of the facial fuel on, its pretty much just an everyday moisturiser so it keeps your skin hydrated with the end game being less wrinkles and stuff.

This stuff lasts a fair amount of time, like I said Ive been using it for 2 months and I’ve barely made a dent, apparently you’re supposed to use a pea size amount of everything, fair enough, looks like i’ll have this stuff for the next 1o years!

My routine is pretty basic, and really its more maintenance than anything else, but I would definitely suggest a visit with your local Khiel’s consultant, the process is super simple and its much less intimidating than you think. They also have a massive range for men,and aren’t shy to give out samples, so get some stuff and try it out if you’re in the market for keeping your skin dapper!

Okay. Stay fancy.

If you would like you can stay up to date with Kiehl’s locally on twitter

WMBW2015WOW. Its been exactly 2 months since I last posted. Sorry.

Now, its not entirely that I just got lazy and decided to take a vacation from blogging (we all need a break) but its also that I wanted 2015 to start a new chapter, or at the very least a new menu item within “What My Boyfriend Wore” or WMBW as it will now be known as! The latter is just less of a mouth full to be honest.

See, its been about 2 years of mens fashion on this page, everything from tips to inspiration and as much as I absolutely love being a dapper gent and sharing my thoughts on it with you, well, there’s more to being a gentleman than getting a dimple in your tie.

Dont worry, there are lots of tie dimples and pocket squares still to come, after all any outfit worth wearing is an outfit worth sharing (I totally just came up with that – self five) and menswear is still my passion, one that i know you guys all share. So, off the back of that, here’s 2015 first ‘look’

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pocket-squareBeltNice belt uh? I kinda liked the red detail on this very grey suit, felt like it took it out of the corporate world and into something a little more fun. BUT, its not the belt thats important here, its that tasty mix of bourbon, bitters and ice all sweetened and stirred over ice that is.

How many of you know how to make an old fashioned? Well up until a few months ago, I didn’t! What kind of gentleman doesn’t know how to make such a classic drink (hangs head in shame)!

This brings us to the first new section of the blog.

WMBW-DRINK-ANo, this will not just be lame ass cocktail recipes. Gross. It will be all about the how, where and why of the most delicious drinks every man should know. How to make them and where to get them made for you.

Im pretty excited about this myself.

WMBW-DRINK-BWMBW-DRINKNow, man can not live on bourbon alone, sure we can try and we often do for longer periods of time than we should, but at some point we’re gonna have to eat.

Which of course, brings me to the next section of WMBW

WMBWEATS-BWMBWEATSSometimes it will be pizza (because of all that bourbon) sometimes it will be a 5 course tasting menu and sometimes it will be something i’ve cooked up in my kitchen.

Why? Well, a gentleman needs to know where to take the lady he is currently courting, has been courting or has already managed to wed. A gentleman should also always have a suggestion of “where to go” when the question comes up, be that a steak dinner, an indian curry hot enough to melt your plate, or yes, even a slice of pizza between events.

The cooking part, well, I love cooking, I’ve loved it ever since my mom gave me a Winnie the Pooh cookbook when I was seven. I might even be bold enough to say that it helped me convince the girl of my dreams that I was the man of her dreams (this is of course just assumption – but she’s never complained) So, I’m hoping to pass on everything from family recipes to exciting new culinary discoveries to you gents so that you can have a recipe or 2 memorised along with those drinks.

And lastly, the final new section of the blog.

WMBW-TRAVELS-CSee, I realised the other day that I live in one of the worlds top tourist destinations, with more beauty than you can shake a stick at, not that you’d want to, shaking sticks at beautiful things is kinda frowned upon in these parts.

But I’m new to this city, well, relatively, I’ve only really called Cape Town home for the better part of 2 years now, and I’ve decided that 2015 is the year that I will explore every corner of this beautiful place, from the little beachside resorts to the incredible winelands where drinking, eating and traveling all come together in one massive explosion of awesome.

WMBW-TRAVELS-LIONS-HEADWMBWTRAVELSWMBWTRAVELS-B&WWMBWTRAVELS-LEGSI’m hoping that my travels will take me beyond Cape Town as outside of fashion, traveling is my biggest passions (yes yes,me and everyone else out there) and up until last year I had visited at least one new city somewhere in the world every year for the last 8.

I’m hoping to get to share those experiences with you, not in a “wwwooooo hooooo…look at the cool stuff I’m doing” but in an honest “hey this is a cool place to spend a weekend / night / week” kinda way. As always I will be true to myself and to you guys, and just like I have with my fashion, I will never recommend something I don’t truly believe in.

I’m gonna try keep it fresh and different and always look for new angles, bare with me though, this is gonna be pretty new for the both of us, so feel free to leave me lots of feedback and comments, try keep them constructive though, I’m gonna need all the help I can get.

That’s it, lets make 2015 interesting.

Okay. Stay fancy.

Sunglasses by Ray Ban

Suit from Topman

Shirt from TM Lewin

Tie from Friday Tie Day

Tie clip from Suited Man

Lapel Flower by Suited Man

Pocket square by Weekend Casual

Belt by Ted Baker

Shoes by Dune London

 

 

 

 

 

Full-length I broke a rule.

There I said it!

But here’s why, I love wearing suits, I sometimes wish I had a super boring super corporate job that paid me a lot of money and made me wear suits all day, but instead I have a creative job that would see me better dressed in an ironic slogan tee, skinny jeans and canvas sneakers. I digress. You see, a suit should never be worn as individual items, but always as a suit, this prevents the items wearing out individually and ruining your suit. Reasonable, yes, but not practical for someone like me (as mentioned above) so, when I picked up this Prince of Wales suit at my recent Topshop personal shopping experience I bought it solely with the intention of splitting it up when necessary…as above.

I love me some patterns, you should know this by now, and so the slight texture in the jacket, the obvious pattern in the pants and the floral bow tie and pocket square could only be toned down with a plain white shirt, something I usually steer clear of because it feels like a bit of a cop out. The bow tie had the right blue to help the jacket pop, but also the bronzish brown flowers so, I paired that with the flower lapel and the brown on the bow tie with the deep burgundy pocket square, in the end, it all came together quite nicely I thought. The blue belt was a wild card and simply because I love it, kinda thought if I was going to break one rule, I could break 2 right!? Here are the details lapel-pinbow-tiepocket-squarewatchshoes

Blazer and pants by Topman

Shirt by TM Lewin

Bow tie by Weekend Casual

Lapel Flower by Weekend Casual

Pocket square by Weekend Casual

Watch by Uniform Wares

Leather bracelet by Caputo and Co

Shoes by Dune London

Okay. Stay fancy.

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