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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!

Yesssss!

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.

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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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