Men really got the short end of the stick when it came to fashion.

Our options are really limited, you can just tell that by the size of the menswear section in any given department store – Yeah, I’m bitter about it. So, we just need to start doing more with what we got right?

We generally take a stab at getting our colour mix right, or the braver few take a chance at mixing patterns in order to create individuality within our outfits. But what if you’ve just not that loud bold colour pattern guy? Well, thats when texture become your greatest accessory. The right mix of textures can really elevate your look and give your outfit that understated boldness you usually rely on patterns for. It also gets you that “rich” look as my girlfriend calls it : )


A simple textured suit and a bold textured tie helps create contrast and achieves that understated boldness I spoke of earlier. But one small step in the right direction can add a little flair to all that understated boldness. All you need is to bring a little texture to your shoe game.

I’m bringing a little cross hatched texture with these Arthur Jack Darrell derbies from Tread and Miller, they have some great brogueing detail on the toe cap which adds a little contrast by adding scale. A full brogue could do a great job of adding a lot of texture in a subtle way, or you could go all out and get a chunky weave and leave all the understated boldness behind!


Never underestimate the power of your shoes to transform your outfit.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

11 thoughts on “Texture up your shoe game

  1. Hi there! I just started following you on instagram. One thing that jumps out me about your suits is the perfect taper of your trousers. How much do you taper your pants at the thigh (the most difficult part to get right in my opinion). I usually can pinch an inch or so of fabric, but I am thinking that borders on the “hipster” side vs the timeless side that you have on your trousers. What leg opening do you use? Thanks and great work!

    1. Hi Al, sorry for the late reply. The truth is I dont taper my trousers at the thigh at all, never mind anywhere else. I believe with the amount of ‘bespoke’ clothing on offer from everyday high street retailers you should be able to walk into a store and pick the right, waist, length and cut straight off the rack. If it isn’t, just move on. Clothing is expensive enough to not need to spend more than you need to on it. That’s just my view point though.

      1. Thanks Sergio,

        Thats great advice! I need to get out of the mindset that every piece I own needs to go to the tailor before I can wear it. What you say makes so much sense. Thanks!


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