Fancy Friday

FLYeah yeah yeah, it’s Wednesday not Friday I know, but we’ll look at it as a throwback. So a back to the future type vibe.

As the weather slowly changes down here in Cape Town, dressing dapper starts becoming a little trickier. I wanna be warm but look cool at the same time, so it becomes a juggling act in layering and fabric choice. In this case, cotton layering at the top and wool down below. Mmmm…wooooool!

This outfit started on the pants! I just wanted to wear them. Because wool. The problem though was that they can get very busy. The check is just big enough to be noticeable at a distance, so you need to stop the outfit from getting too loud at the top. My trick is to let all the topside action blend in with subtle hints to the pants so that they don’t stand out more.

Chestbeltflowersquareshoes You’ll notice a very light creamish brown in the tie that picks up on the lightest check in the pants. The blue of course picks up on the blue in the blazer and the white shirt helps keep it very neutral. The flat colour pocket square with brown trim is yet another attempt at pulling all attention from the pants.

The last trick was mainining all the dapper details without overpowering the top of the outfit. In this case, the blue lapel flower was dark enough to standout while still blending into those blues. The wooden tie clip als managed to create some nice horizontal breaks with the belt and shoes.

Simple right?

If you like any or all of the above, here’s where you can find it:

Sunglasses from Ray Ban

Blazer from Zara

Shirt from Gap

Tie from Weekend Casual

Tie clip from Weekend Casual

Lapel flower from Weekend Casual

Pocket square from Weekend Casual

Belt from Suit Supply

Pants from Suit supply

Shoes from Dune

Okay. Stay fancy.

FL---FrontThose of you who follow me on Instagram will know that it’s been a while since i’ve gone full fancy with all the trimmings! I actually kind of missed it!

So when I woke up today I decided I was going to mean Business when I left the house, thats right, business with a capital B just like I spelt it! I had some great new accessories from Bows-n-Ties that were yet to see the light of day (all be it a cloudy overcast day) and a new bag from Cravar bags that I just had to share with you guys.

As always it helps having a starting point for your outfit no matter what that starting point is. In this case, it was the green tie. I’ve been looking for a good dark green tie for a while now and because I’m generally so picky with my clothes the perfect colour and texture had not yet presented itself to me. Till now of course. Staying true to my rule of your pocket square complimenting your tie this pocket square was the obvious choice. I then just needed to tie it in with the lapel flower that picked up nicely on the pocket square while deciding to go a little rogue on the shirt that matched nothing!

All in all a harmonious mayhem of texture and pattern! Lets take a closer look!

bust-2lapel-flowerbusttie-clippocket-squareI was at this point tempted to pick up some brown shoes to help ground the jacket, but I had already decided on the black Cravar bag and wasn’t going to be changing my mind about that anytime soon. Theres just something about a beautifully made leather satchel (Hey if Ladies can have multiple handbags why cant gentlemen have multiple briefcases?! Exactly!) that makes you want to carry it around everywhere you go.

Now we all know by now (or we should) that our belts should match our shoes, but this extends way beyond belts and shoes and is really a case of leathers matching leathers. So this is anything from your watch strap to your bag and the same goes for your metals. This is how it all comes together then.


Like what you see? Well here is where it’s all from.

Sunglasses by Rayban

Blazer from Topman

Shirt by TM Lewin

Tie by Bows N Ties

Pocket square by Bows N Ties

Tie clip by Bows N Ties

Lapel flower by Weekend Casual

Belt from Ben Sherman (at Stuttafords)

Pants from Markham

Watch from MVMT watches (use promo code WhatMyBoyfriendWore for a $10 discount)

Bag from Cravar

Shoes from Dune

Okay. Stay fancy.

Full-LengthOk, I admit this blazer has seen more fancy fridays than most, but I assure you its coincidental. Well, that and its a killer blazer, this blue goes with EVERYTHING and that can sometimes be a problem.

Well, as far as problems go it’s a good one, and if nothing else it proves that investing in the right pieces is key to having a versatile wardrobe.

I wanted to wear some new goodies I had received from my friends at Weekend Casual, and the blue touches in that killer pocket square made me reach straight for this blue blazer, it just sat perfectly together. The rest became an exercise in texture ( with me its either mixing textures or mixing patterns – sometimes both). So I had established a primary colour palette of blue and creme, the rest just fell into place, I had a wonderfully textured creme tie that was going to work perfectly against this lightly striped shirt. So far the pocket square and tie were talking nicely and the final detail was the brown lapel flower, it helped bring out the earth tones in both the tie and pocket square bringing it all together. Well, at least that was the plan.

The grey pants came in at the last minute, mostly because I thought brown pants (which I had waiting and ready) would make everything far to matchy matchy. Also the grey pants are new (picked them up triple reduced at H&M in Dubai for like $20 – score) and I like wearing new things till I am absolutely sick of them. I decided on these shoes in the hopes of adding contrast but also because they referenced the creme and brown colours on top

Again, none of this stuff is full proof and it’s all a matter of taste and preference, but the theory up there is pretty solid I think. Lets take a look at it in a bit of detail shall we.


Thats it fold, this weeks fancy friday.

Here are the details of where its all from:

Sunglasses by Persol

Blazer by Topman

Shirt by TM Lewin

Tie by Weekend Casual

Pocket Square by Weekend Casual

Lapel Flower by Weekend Casual

Watch by MVMT watches

Pant by H&M

Shoes by Zara

Okay. Stay fancy.


Full-length I’ve kinda gotten stuck in a blue and grey wardrobe rut. Sometimes throwing in some black for a darker colour.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, in fact blue and grey are a fine combination and personally I could (and pretty much do) have my wardrobe consisting of only those colours. Yes! Grey is a colour.

Today however, I decided I would shift it all up a little, so much so that I did a Fancy Friday on a Monday morning which I usually reserve for being ‘casual’. I wanted it to be colourful and just a little loud, so of course I started with purple pants. You kinda have to really. Once you go bold though, you cant turn back, and the trick becomes adding piece after piece of pattern, texture and brightness to make sure that it all works together despite the fact that it shouldn’t.

In this case, I kinda decided that I was going to build the outfit around my shoes, rather than the pants. I cant seem to stop wearing these double monks – they go with everything – despite being a reddish oxblood colour. So in this case, the red / brown detailing in the tie, picked up on the shoes, and the red lapel flower, brought out the red in the tie more, which made it work better with the shoes. I also wanted to funk up my accessories a bit, while remaining in the same colour palette.

Enter wood! Yep! Wood! Been meaning to bust out this Original Grain watch for some time now especially because it paired so perfectly with my wooden tie clip! Wood and steel for the win.

Here are the details below, hopefully it helps the above make sense.mediumpocet-squarewatchtie-clipshoes

Sunglasses by RayBan (these guys are vintage though)

Blazer from Gap (available locally at Stuttafords)

Shirt from Gap (available locally at Stuttafords)

Tie by LVJ Haberdasher

Tie clip by Nic Harry Style

Lapel Flower by Nic Harry Style

Pocket Square by Heywood1922

Watch by Original Grain

Pants by Topman

Shoes from Paul Evans NY

Okay. Stay fancy.



Final See the pop?

It’s a little piece of fashion advice featured in a previous dapper dexterity post (hmm, haven’t done one of those for a while) it reads a little something like this “To achieve the nonchalance which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match” in this case, it was the tie clip and belt.

The whole thing was feeling very monochromatic…which to be fair was what I was going for, but then I remembered the above dapper dexterity and thought I would get the tie clip and belt to maybe pick up on one of the smaller details of my outfit – the hand of the watch. Take a look

watchtie-clipTo be fair, there was a touch of blue in the tie too and thats what inspired the idea.

The tricky part was seeing if the 2 micro houndstooth patterns (Tie and blazer) would clash or harmonise? The rule of thumb is to always vary the size of your patterns or at least the colour, I was doing neither and even though the colours were close, they weren’t exact. My trick was pulling out the darkness of the tie using details like a darker pocket square and a darker lapel pin.

I’ve never done a double lapel pin before, not even sure I’m allowed to! either way, it’s quite a vibe, I was happy with it.

lapelFull-length-tiepocket-squareshoesIf you like any or all of the above, here is where it’s all from:

Sunglasses by Ray Ban

Blazer by Topman  – get similar here

Shirt by TM Lewin (available at Edgars)

Tie from Dashing And Co (use DASH10 for 10% discount at checkout)

Tie clip and skull lapel by Suited Man

Grey lapel flower from Chanman

Pocket square from Dashing And Co (use DASH10 for 10% discount at checkout)

Belt from Ted Baker (available at Stuttafords)

Pants by Ben Sherman – get similar here

Shoes by Zara – get similar here

Watch by James McCabe watches  – Look out for a give away of one of these watches next week

Okay. Stay fancy

walking-sidebag-medium-shotWinter is coming!


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.

pocket-squaremedium-close-uplapel-flowerbagshoesThe 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

Shirt by T.M Lewin (available at Edgars)

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)

Shoes from Aldo (Available at Edgars)

Okay. Stay fancy.

full-lengthThis seemed to be one of my least liked outfits on Instagram, weird that, cause I really liked it, but for some reason It got a lot of slack.

I realised ive been keeping it pretty much the same the last few weeks and I’m trying to get back into different colours and patterns. Basically I need to change things up a little, be a little brave. Or brave for me at least. Baby steps and all that.

Speaking about steps, this weeks brave item were those suede tasselled slippers i decided to build my outfit around. I’m a big fan of a slim shoes and an even slimmer sole, so these were perfect for me. So I simply started from the ground up.

The green pants paired well with the neutral shoes and the tone of the blue blazer with the green pants – after all the are analogous colours (same side of the colour wheel) so it was a no brainer. Now it was about picking up on the shoes again, and thats where the brown tie came in, so that it would accentuate the tassels on the loafer.

Finally, the details. some green in the lapel to pick up on the pants, but mostly to work with the camo pocket square that allowed the hints of brown to close the loop. Simple right? I guess not really, in fact I received an e-mail the other day requesting some help with colour combinations and I realised I don’t actually know how to give it, most of it is trial and error, but for me its having worked as an art director for the last 15 years that has given me enough experience with colours to help me a long.

So, i’m going to look at introducing some colour combo suggestion posts in the future. Hope this helps. Now lets get back to the outfit.


If you like the above look, you can find it all (or most of it) below

Sunglasses by Persol

Shirt by TM Lewin

Tie by Friday Tie Day

Lapel flower by River Island

Pocket square by Country Road (available at Woolworths)

Blazer and pants by Topman

Shoes from Axel Arigato

Okay. Stay Fancy.




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