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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.

 

 

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.

Full-lengthFor those of you who have been following me for a while know that my standard approach to getting dressed is picking one item and building an outfit around that.

In this case it was the tie, I’m a sucker for new things, and having just received a package from the gents at Weekend Casual stuffed with accessories as well as having come back from a major shopping trip in Johannesburg…so I wanted to just wear ALL THE new things!

I love me a tartan tie, its very versatile as you generally have 3 or 4 colours in the tie to match to different parts of your outfit, in this case I let the neutral colours in the tie form the base and built the major items around that with a neutral jacket and trousers.

I took a chance with the pocket square and lapel flower, technically they shouldn’t have worked, the pocket square was a little busy, and the flowers colour ever so slightly off, but in the end it was the confidence that pulled it off. Ive always said, you can wear anything if you wear it confidently right? Maybe it was confidence combined with the fact that the colours actually all worked together…but who can be sure.

Lets take a look at the details.

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Sunglasses by Rayban

Jacket by Topman

Shirt by TM Lewin (available at Edgars locally)

Tie by Weekend casual (available here)

Tie clip by Weekend Casual (available here)

Lapel Flower by Weekend Casual (available here)

Pocket square by Weekend Casual (available here)

Pants by River Island

Shoes by Dune London (available at Edgars locally)

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

 

Full-Length So for some reason I’ve been obsessed with grey and black lately, with a little blue thrown in, you know for colour.

It’s such a simple combination that always works, the hard part is keeping it interesting, so how can we?

Well, my trick is texture and pattern….pretty much always. On this particular outfit it was a matter of degrees to be honest as everything was so slight in it’s difference. Now you either want to completely separate the textures and make them quite bold which can be quite tricky! Or, as I have keep them similar enough to blend and different enough to create separation.

It also comes down to details, in this case the club collar (also known as a golf collar and I’ve also heard it being referred to as a peter pan collar) and the brogue loafer combination. When you’re wearing shoes this “loud” you don’t want them to fight with the rest of your outfit, which is why I kept it quite simple.

Here are the details:

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Blazer from Topman

Shirt by T.M Lewin (available at Edgars)

Tie from Friday Tie Day 

Tie clip and lapel flower from Suited man

Pocket square from Heywood

Pants from Ben Sherman (Available at stuttafords)

Shoes from Dune London (Available at Edgars)

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

Full-length Navy and red are 1 of the most classic colour combinations, it just screams nautical.

Well, it shouts it very loudly at the very least.

But how to make nautical not feel like you’ve just stepped off a yacht? Well, I think the trick is to break it up with textures and and a lot of white.

I started this look with the knitted tie, it kind of dictated the rest of the look. Knitted ties have a very distinct texture, so to tone it down I paired it with a textured white shirt, this one has a light herringbone pattern running through. The blazer as well as the pants both have a little nailhead texture, but I didn’t want to feel as though I was wearing a suit, so I broke it up with a blazer that had some navy piping so that they still felt connected to the pants.

The details were about tying it all up, the red lapel pin to break up the tie and draw your eye across, and the pocket square in a completely different blue…an experiment almost, it seemed to work too.

Here are the details

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Clubmaster sunglasses by Ray Ban

Blazer from H&M

Shirt by TM Lewin – Available at Edgars

Knitted tie by Treinta-Tres

Tie clip by Suited Man

Skull lapel pin (re fashioned earring) from Lovisa 

Pants by Topman

Belt by Paul Smith

Shoes by Socrati

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

Full-lengthI bought a pair of red brogues. Yep.

But now what? How do you wear something that demands so much attention without looking like a clown?

I decided to give them all the attention by keeping my outfit completely neutral. Black and red, much like navy and red look great together, so the black pants were a must to let the shoes pop. BUT, to give the shoes ALL of the attention would make the outfit feel awkward, so I let the details like the tie and pocket square draw your eye down toward the shoes without getting surprised by the colour. I kinda think it worked too.

Lets look at the details

medium-shot The tie is quite textured (I do love me a woolen tie) so the blazer needed to have a texture of its own so that the tie didn’t feel out of place. And in the hopes of allowing all the patterns to work well together, the argyle on the tie, check on the shirt and slight herringbone on the blazer, it was a play of colour and pattern size. A white shirt would of made the tie pop too much, so the slight navy grid helps tone it down a bit.

With so much going on, I thought I would give the lapel flower a skip and rather go for a simple lapel pin, all be it a bad ass skull one. They do say the devil is in the details, so here they are.

medium-close-uptie-detailbraceletpocket-square-detailshoesIf you like the outfit above, Ive done my best to piece together the exact items or similar that I have found online.

 

Spectacles by Ray Ban

Blazer from Bellfield (Available locally at Stuttafords) get similar here 

Shirt by TM Lewin (Available locally at Edgars)

Tie by LVJ Haberdashery

Tie clip and Lapel pin by Suited Man

Bracelets by Caputo and Co

Pants from Topman – Get similar here

Shoes from Dune (Available locally at Edgars)

Okay, stay fancy

Full-lengthSo, I know i’ve been a little slack on the blogging front of late.

Not that you particularly care about my problems, but I’m in the process of moving into a new apartment while renovating. It’s been nothing short of a nightmare, but its nearly done and when it is, you’ll be the first to see it. Promise.

Anyway, so back to this Fancy Friday from a few weeks back, it was a classic “business” look , but of course with that little modern edge I enjoy so much.

Medium-lengthA slim fitting, french blue shirt with a double cuff, classic green and blue preppy striped tie and a classic 2 button grey blazer with black pants. The contrast came in the tan belt and brogues, it’s what made it feel very London businessman to me.

Then, as with everything, its details details details, I wanted to keep it quite simple for this look so kept it classic, directly matched greens on the pocket square and tie, and the brown on the lapel flower so that it didn’t pop out of the neutral blazer too much but still worked with the belt and shoes. Simple silver in everything from the tie clip to the watch and small accessories.

Lets take a look at some of the details:

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If you like any of the above items, here’s where they are from:

Blazer from Zara

Shirt by TM Lewin (available at selected Edgars Stores)

Tie by TM Lewin (available at selected Edgars Stores)

Tie clip and lapel flower from Suited Man

Pocket square by ASOS

Leather bracelet by Caputo and Co

Watch from Alessi

Cufflinks from Stuttafords

Pants by Ben Sherman

Shoes from Zara

Okay, stay fancy.

 

 

 

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