Another great clip on the ABC’s of Mens Fashion this one featuring Imran Amed writer, entrepreneur and Founder and Editor of The Business of Fashion.
“Everyone has style, its just about finding the style in yourself” - Best advice, EVER Imran!
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So when I first started this blog, I got a tie tailored from a company in Brooklyn called SKINNYFATTIES…Its very clever Skinny – Fat – ties. Basically Joshua was taking your old fat ties and making them cool again by tailoring them slim, in order to supplement his income. You can read the full story on my old blogpost here.
Since then, it’s really gone crazy, he has appeared in all kinds of magazines and TV shows, and the business just boomed! It’s kinda cool, as Joshua and I met via Instagram for the first time, which is where I found out about his awesome idea, then earlier this year we got to have a beer together in NYC for the first time and he is the most awesome dude!
So what’s he up to now? Well, he just streamlined the worlds first tie creation service, yeah, thats right, so you know those ‘build a bear workshops’ in all the malls…well SKINNYFATTIES is doing that for ties. Now meet Joshua and his first ‘POP’ collection.
Not sure what tie width you’re after, well here’s a little info graphic flowchart guide that Joshua has put together! I love this kinda thing, next level fancy yo!
So yes, it all comes down to your build and more importantly the size of your lapel. Why? Well, go check out this dressiquete post from a while back for the low down.
Now go build yourself a tie…a personal one!
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Two Sartorial Sundays in a row? I know. This one is slightly different, this is an attempt in showing a more casual side to WMBW, so the other day when we headed off to the loading bay for lunch, we decided to shoot a weekend look.
I really do love wearing my ties, but when the weekend rolls around not much beats a comfy Tee, and this is probably the comfiest I own, it’s about 6 years old and I picked it up on my first ever trip to NYC. And nothing goes better with a tee than a pair of soft jeans its the ultimate classic combination, always fail safe. So being casual is one thing, but you gotta stay true to your style, and lets face it, I’m all about being dapper, so I like to throw in some sartorial details where I can.
You also gotta invest in some blazers that are more on the casual side, something in a linen or washed cotton, it makes the blazer, jeans, t-shirt combo work that much better.
So here’s to a more casual approach to the summer.
Well here is my attempt at recreating this outfit online:
Blue linen blazer from Zara get similar blazer here
Foldable Wayfarer sunglasses by Ray Ban
White ‘I heart NY’ tee from street vendor available here
Yellow lapel flower from River Island…but no longer available try a red one maybe?
Blue authentic skinny 1969 jeans from Gap
Tan leather brogues from Zara get similar here
Okay. Stay fancy.
This has been a massive want for a long time now - I know it’s hard to tell as I haven’t posted a want of the week for ages now, but just because I don’t blog doesn’t mean I don’t want.
Over the last year I’ve seen more and more monk straps hit the menswear street fashion blogs, and yes, before then, they had never really caught my eye. But when I saw the casual dapper way that they were being worn I just had to get my hands on a pair.
They also, needed to be brown, or tan, or even ox blood, just not black, something about black monk straps just look weird to me.
The choice is then wether you go single or double monk? I’m more of a double monk fan myself, the whole unbuckled top strap look, just has that “broken fashion rule” vibe about it. And I love that…and so I want that!
I’m yet to find a decent well priced pair here in South Africa, so for now I want these glorious Santoni Upton that just seem to carry the right amount of european styling I like in my shoes.
If you feel like dishing out a pretty penny for these bad boys you can find them here
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So, next week I leave for a 3 week trip to Turkey and Greece.
I’m pretty excited.
But It’s a tricky one to plan for, there is a lot of hopping on and off boats and planes which means you need to travel light. This is why I want one of these guys. It seems like the perfect little backpack to store all the essentials you need on you while lugging suitcases around. It’s not only a great travel essential, but just a rad weekend thing for riding around on the bike with, makes it easier than carrying everything in my pockets and strapping stuff to the bike!
It also looks like it will look better the more you use it and the dirtier it gets, like the whole bag will tell a story eventually!
Sure It’s a little boy scoutish, which makes it pretty hipster…buuuut, so am I.
I also love these guys below.
From left to right priced from cheap to ‘who even spends that on a backpack’
Get the ASOS one here
Get the Ted Baker one here
Get the Sandqvist Lar Goran one here
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So, this is gonna be kind of a lifestyle post.
With fashion thrown in, all be it casual fashion.
Surely you guys want to celebrate the lady behind the lens of What My boyfriend wore with me? Good, because it was her birthday this weekend, and we took a trip up the west coast with a bunch of close mates. The resulting pics are just to cool not to share.
So this was pretty much the look. Denim on denim on denim. I think it worked.
There was much going on and the weather was hot and cold all the time, though in the end I did feel like a walking Levis billboard. I do love those Levis billboards though.
For those of you who want a sneak peek into the life of WMBW, here it is…or at least a weekend of it!
At the end of the weekend a few of us stopped for lunch and took these photos. Why? Because what else do you do when you find such crazy glasses.
So wanna get the weekend look? Try a triple denim threat. Here’s what I wore:
Sunglasses by Mark Jacobs
Slim fit denim jacket by Levis
Slim fit light denim shirt by Levis
Dark grey long sleeved t shirt by Diesel ( Get similar here)
511 grey denims by Levis
White tennis shoes by Puma
Would love to hear your thoughts on this post? Do you want to see more of this kind of stuff…or do I stick to fashion? I may even run a poll!
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So, I was lucky enough to be invited to take a sneak peak at what Fabiani would be showcasing at this weekends Mercedes Benz Fashion week in Cape Town.
I thought I would walk into a room filled with clothes everywhere, shoes being thrown from one side to the other and people shouting orders over the phone. I was wrong.
According to Nat Iqani at Fabiani I had just missed the mayhem by a couple of days. Fair enough, the show is on Saturday after all so what was I thinking…I guess I watch too many movies.
The first thing I thought when I walked in the room was “Damn, I should of brought a back pack!” There were the most exquisite shoes all along the wall and rails and rails of sealed suit bags. It’s all quite secretive and Nat was a little hesitant to divulge too much.
I did however get a few things out of him.
The theme is very nautically inspired, kind of “I just stepped off a yacht somewhere in Europe” with lot’s of shorts and blues coming through.
Here’s a small taste.
A little double breasted number worn over a T-Shirt with some pocket detail and some tan shorts, I picked up the tasselled loafers off the floor because I desperately want a pair and I thought they would look great here.
This was my favourite look that Matt shared with me, I’m a massive fan of wearing shorts with a suit jacket, it’s very Nick Wooster. I’m also a big fan of a tuxedo jacket worn outside of a full tuxedo, so the mix and match here is so awesome. Once again I picked up a pair of shoes that I would wear this with. I just LOVED these red brogues with the little striped tab detail poking out the back.
The final number was this white linen shorts suit! Like Nat said, lots of shorts coming through, makes sense I guess with summer on the way and theme being “stepping off a yacht”. This was paired up with a blue floral shirt, and I decided I would wear this with a pair of monk strap shoes. I love seeing some monk straps semi ties with a pair of shorts, it’s avery european look. I think this outfit could even use a nice straw trilby hat.
So that was it, I couldn’t squeeze anymore out of the guys at Fabiani, most of the stuff had been sent out for alteration in preparation for the big night on Saturday.
If you’re interested, go take a look at the rest of the collection being showcased at 21h00 at the Cape Town Convention Centre, from what I understand there is a massive after party to follow.
Okay. Stay Fancy.