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Look Left, look right, then agree that black and brown are the most awesome colour combo.

It’s simple and classic though it very rarely see’s the light of day, till Fancy Friday that is.

Then, there are the 2 tone brogues, these guys are awesome, but incredibly difficult to wear, and if the rule is that your belt matches your shoes, well then, what colour do you match? What happens if like me, you have a belt that matches neither? I simply went for a black belt and let the blazer match the shoes, it still helps getting items in your outfit talking to one another.

Lets look at the details though.

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The camo bow tie was to pick up on the contrast collar of the blazer, it’s also got some black in it so helps blend in with the outfit overall I think.

To be able to make this all work, together, I thought a simple white shirt with the slightest texture was best, it has a nice french cuff, so the silver on the watch and cufflink could all work together – matching metal with metal is key, and perhaps a dressiquette post I need to wright up one day

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So If you like this look, below are some online choices to help get you started, the exact blazer and shoes were impossible to find.

Blazer from Topman – Get similar here

Shirt from TM Lewin

Bow tie by Heywood1922

Pocket square from H&M – Get similar here

Lapel flower by Chanman

Pants from Topman

Shoes from Zara – get “kinda” similar here

Okay. Stay Fancy.

Full-length-frontFull-length-back Sure, todays not Friday, I get it and yes, I know this was last weeks outfit, but I’m playing catch up here people.

This was however one of my favourite ever Fancy Friday outfits, I loved how it was for the most part so simple and ordinary and how those bright pops of colour really just helped bring it all together.

The entire outfit is built around that tie, I was in the mood for something floral and so I built everything around the colours in the tie.

medium-shotWith the blues and blacks in the outfit being quite neutral the colour on the tie was accentuated with the green pocket square and cerise lapel flower. It was really that simple, and I think it worked really well.

That is the trick though, is trying to let your details stand out individually but work together as a whole, so that all the small things, down to the green tie clip help pull everything around it together.

Here are some close up details

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Most of these items above are really old pieces from my wardrobe and not really available online anymore, I have however done my best at putting together a similar outfit if you wanna attempt this kind of look.

Blazer from H&M – Get similar here

Oxford shirt from the Gap

Tie from Topman – Get similar here

Lapel flower fron Chanman

Pocket square from ASOS – Get similar here

Tie clip from The Tie Bar

Chinos from Topman

Shoes from boutique in Barcelona – get similar here

Okay. Stay fancy.

pic-3Guys, work and life has been crazy and I’ve been struggling to find the time to get some blogging done, so massive apologies

Either way, I’m back and wanted to share a Fancy Friday outfit from a couple of weeks ago, I loved how the very contrasting patterns and colours all came together on this guy. As always, pattern mixing is all about creating enough contrast within the pattern to make it work together.

Lets take a closer look shall we

pic-5The tie is incredibly busy, but there is enough blue in the tie to pick up on the overall blue of the blazer. I also wanted to let the colours of the tie feel more spread out so that it doesn’t become such a focus, so the green tie clip and pink lapel flower help a very bold tie become a little more tame.

tie-clip lapel-flowerIt’s often difficult to find the exact items I’m wearing online, but here’s some suggestions if you want to put a look like this together yourself.

So the blazer I bought on sale at Topman, but here is a non floral option

Non iron shirt by Gap

Clarence street tie from Loft Trading (unfortunately now sold out)

Lapel button by Chanman

Tie clip from the tie bar

Lived in skinny chinos by Gap

Belt by Paul Smith – Get similar

Shoes by Zara – Get similar

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

 

full-lengthThe first Fancy Friday of the year, and I was determined to get it off with a bang.

I’ve been doing a little bit of shopping over the break and wanted to bust out some new threads (that sounded very gangsta, which clearly I’m not) .

When attempting to go mix and match 3 colours, you wanna try keep them all on the same side of the colour wheel so that they compliment one another or feel visually pleasing from our understanding of colour. In this case the blues and reds with some rich browns all came together nicely. The white shirt is a great way to just bring it all together as it is completely neutral.

medium-shotThe retro looking brown jacket with contrast colour was brought back in the belt and shoes, while the burgundy tie was accentuated with the multi coloured pocket square (which helped pick up on different parts of the outfit all round) I then used the blue lapel flower to compliment the pants and voila, I thought it came together quite nicely. Here are the details.

tie pocket-square lapel-pin broguesIf you like this or any part of this outfit, here are some items online that can help you get started.

Spectacles with clip on sunglasses by Gucci

Blazer from Topman – get similar here

Tie from Topman – get similar here

Burgundy tie clip from The tie bar – get similar here

Lapel flower from River Island

Pocket square by Paul Smith (though it seems sold out EVERYWHERE)

White shirt from Woolworths – get similar here

Brown belt by Topman – get similar here

Slim chinos by Topman – get similar here

Brown brogues by Ted Baker

Okay. Stay fancy.

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And so we enter our final giveaway with Friday Tie day where you can win one of 50 tie subscriptions of these incredible ties. Yes we know it was supposed to be last week, but we were enjoying the festive season…why weren’t you?

Again, i’ve built the outfit around the tie, and because it’s so damn hot down in Cape Town right now I’ve had to forgo the blazer for a dapper waistcoat instead. Now this was a tricky tie to wear, because although I absolutely love the colour combo and houndstooth pattern, the red and blue are so strong that you need to work on complementing them rather than matching them.

medium-shotThis way I could let the slight red detail in the waistcoat be highlighted by the tie as well as use that red lapel flower to spread the red across so that the tie is not such a stand out focal point. Nothing wrong with your tie being a focal point but if it stands out to much it just feels odd and no one knows where to look, this way you drag the gaza across the body and toward your face.

My final trick was the pocket square, it was navy heavy so again I used it to spread the colour in the tie, and although it added another pattern it once agin helped the tie become less dominant and more integrated.

Or at least, that was the plan, I kinda think it worked. No?

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So your last chance to grab yourself a tie subscription from Friday Tie Day valued at $39.

Here’s how. All you need do is enter promo code WMBW50 and voila, if you’re one of the first 50, consider the tie of the month to be delivered to your door anywhere in the world, if you wanna learn more about the competition and the how to’s go here.

Good luck and of course, stay fancy.

Full-lengthOkay people, we’re in the 3rd week of our 4 week tie subscription give away with Friday Tieday and we have another outfit built round a tie.

This was a textured black tie, and really, if you’re only ever going to own 1 tie, it needs to be a black one, that will pretty much get you into anything that requires a tie, weddings, funerals, court.

So I decided to go a little old school on this look and keep it simple with black and white, it’s not my regular vibe as I tend to want to have some kind of colour pop or element of fun. Dressing black and white is super simple, everything goes with everything and it’s nearly impossible to get wrong.

I would make one suggestion though, and it’s not so much a suggestion as it is a commandment, no black shirts and white ties, it’s just tacky and you’re not an italian gangster.

Here are the details of the outfit.Medium-shot flower-pin-close-up Pocket-square tie-close-up shoesOk, so, winning ties subscriptions, just before Christmas! What what!??

Go grab yourself a tie subscription from Friday Tie Day valued at $39. All you need do is enter promo code FANCYFRIDAY and voila, if you’re one of the first 50, consider the tie of the month to be delivered to your door anywhere in the world.

If you miss this week, don’t worry, were giving away 50 ties a week over the next 2 weeks, so keep an eye out over my twitter as I announce the code there first and then my Facebook page the very next day. If you wanna learn more about the competition go here.

Good luck and of course, stay fancy.

 

full-lengthWeek 2 of our 4 week give away with the gents at Friday Tie Day is here, and we have another fancy friday built around a tie.

If you have no Idea what I’m talking about, check out the “win 1 of 200 Tie Subscriptions” post.

The tie of course dictated the colour palette here, and having an exact match in pants made it a little easier. After that it was about doing some serious pattern mixing so that we could keep it interesting.

You’ll see more of it on the details here below.

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The navy waistcoat was speaking to the trim on the blazer and the navy on the tie, while the pocket square tied back to the maroon in the tie and pants while still having enough standout to be unique.

My favourite little detail in this look though was the green tie clip that picked up on the green in the pocket square. Wanna know how to win yourself a tie? Details below.

tiedetailshoesGo grab yourself a tie subscription from Friday Tie Day valued at $39. All you need do is enter promo code STAYFANCY and voila, if you’re one of the first 50, consider the tie of the month to be delivered to your door anywhere in the world.

If you miss this week, don’t worry, were giving away 50 ties a week over the next 2 weeks, so keep an eye out over my twitter as I announce the code there first and then my Facebook page the very next day. If you wanna learn more about the competition go here.

Good luck and of course, stay fancy.

full-lengthSo as you may have seen in my “win 1 of 200 tie subscriptions” post, the next 4 weeks of Fancy Fridays will be brought to you by the chaps over at Friday Tie Day.

Not only because they love a bit of fanciness, but because they’re giving away 50 tie subscriptions a week over 4 weeks.

So of course, my outfits have all been built around these new ties, and I started with my favourite, this navy and yellow polka dot neckpiece. Polka dots have been creeping there way back into fashion over the past few months and it’s only natural that they will find themselves in the tie game. Good thing that as polka dot ties are amazing, and bring that certain “power tie” feel to them.

When building an outfit around a tie I find its best to work from the tie out, so tie, shirt, blazer, pants etc. Thats what I did here. I love how the polka dot and gingham on the shirt create a similar negative shape with different patterns, it helps to bring them together while allowing them to maintain their individual patterns.

After that, it was merely complementing the yellow polka dot on the tie with a some lapel pin and pocket square details.

Here are some close ups:Medium-shottie-close-upshoespocket-detailsSo, now for the fun part.

Go grab yourself a tie subscription from Friday Tie Day valued at $39. All you need do is enter promo code WMBW50 and voila, if you’re one of the first 50, consider the tie of the month to be delivered to your door anywhere in the world.

If you miss this week, don’t worry, were giving away 50 ties a week over the next 3 weeks, so keep an eye out over my twitter as I announce the code there first and then my Facebook page the very next day. If you wanna learn more about the competition go here.

Good luck and of course, stay fancy.

Full-lengthBasically I’ve been finding my #FacnyFriday outfits a little boring. Maybe you agree.

I wanted something a little brighter this week something that went ‘pop pop pop’. So I went for this deep red cotton blazer sitting in the back of my closet and built everything else around it.

There was just enough of the same red in the tie to make it fit, but I dint want it to be the only blue in the outfit, so I paired it up with these black and blue brogues ( I love these guys). The rest was just making sure I didn’t overpower the looks with too many colours so I went for a silver Skull lapel pin and a very simple pocket square.

Here are some details:

medium-shotlapel-pintie-close-uppocket-squareshoesIf you like this or any part of this outfit, here are some online pieces to help get you stared.

Sunglasses by Marc Jacobs

Blazer by Markham – Get similar here

Tie by Paul Smith – Get similar here

Shirt from H&M – Get similar here

Tie clip by David Donahue

Skull lapel pin by Lovisa ( refashioned ladies earrings)

Pocket Square by ASOS – Get similar here

Black skinny pants by Woolworths – Get similar here

Blue brogues by Ted Baker (available at Stuttafords) – Get similar here

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

 

 

 

Full-lengthSo when I started putting this outfit together I wanted to take a braver step with my pants game and use these light blue skinny chinos I had bought at the stuttafords sale earlier in the week. I’m not usually one for pastels but I thought it’s time to mix it up a little.

I wanted to immediately make them less baby blue by pairing them with a white shirt which helped lighten the colour overall and make them appear a little less pastelish. After that it became a game of how much blue can I get away with, and so buy using different (and matching) shades we ended up here.

medium-shotThe big trick was integrating the black (as brown would of just made the blue pop all over again – not sure why, but something tells me it would, there’s probably a scientific reason or something) So I made sure the smallest details are paired up with the belt, shoes, watch strap and tie clip.

Here are some close ups:

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Lucky for you, everything seems to be on sale this time of year, so happy shopping!

Aviator Sunglasses with bamboo trim by Gucci

Blazer from Zara – Get similar here

White oxford shirt by Gap (available locally at Stuttafords)

Navy tie by LVJ Haberdasher

Black tie clip by The tie bar

Navy lapel flower from River Island

Anchor print pocket square from H&M – Get similar here

Baby blue skinny fit chinos by Tommy Hilfiger (available locally at Stuttafords)

Black tasselled loafers with fringe detail by Zara – Get similar here with fun white soles.

Oaky. Stay Fancy.

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