After a week since launching the new layout, I’ve been gradually taking in the critique from readers and other bloggers, and have spent some time each day adjusting things here and there and adding little links and other pages. I’m really happy with how it’s turned out so far so big thanks to everyone for their support, really is very much appreciated!
So moving swiftly on to the outfit - on Wednesday I went to Aston Martin x Bespoke HQ’s breakfast to highlight their new collection. I’ll most likely be writing about them in a later post, but to summarise what they do - it’s basically a very nice tailor called Stephen who has made a tailored range (including bespoke, ready-to-wear, made-to-measure) of beautiful suits for Aston Martin. While I love suiting up, realistically it isn’t something I can do every day, but with a whole day of meetings I decided to dress warm, comfortable and smart at the same time. Hence the roll-neck just made sense.
(as you scroll down the page, I get less serious. Promise.)
The roll-neck was originally a piece used by athletes and navy workers; it keeps you warm around the neck without being bulky like a scarf. Then it often got associated with the intellectual look and people started seeing photographers and artists and probably more modern, Steve Jobs, who famously donned the roll-neck. Now, it’s a piece that can scream pretentiousness, but it has definitely become a more popular piece with the suit-smart look, acting as a substitute for a shirt. I personally loved the roll-neck with Prada’s AW12 show, which famously saw the likes of Gary Oldman and Adrien Brody (the guy oozes cool) walking their lavish cat walk, with white shirts and white roll-necks underneath.
History aside, layering underneath a suit adds a much more striking appearance than simply wearing a tie. Not saying there is anything wrong with wearing a suit and tie, but I like to have my own take on things and as a result, I decided to work with the different look of having a roll-neck. And instead of using a tie, I decided to accessorise using the gold necklace which is matched with a gold tie-clip. Some might say “why the hell are you wearing a tie clip without a tie?” - and rightly so, it’s purely for aesthetic purposes. I wanted to compliment the necklace and add something else to just a plain white shirt. Hence, black, gold and white were the colours ‘dominating’ the top half of the outfit.
Ideally I could have worn this with black trousers which were cropped just above the top of the sock, with white socks or something, but I like to add colour to my outfits, so I opted for the dark green and burgundy combination. It’s smart, the socks colour-pop and the colours definitely compliment the black look.
Anyway, blabbering on a bit - I know the sun is meant to be coming out so roll-neck season is a far step away, but it CAN look good if you wear it with confidence. It definitely isn’t a piece for everyone.
As you can see I’ve added a little logo on all the images in this post, and I’ll be doing it from now on as that is the new Mr. Boy logo! Hurrah. Thank you for all your support up till now - I’ve met some lovely people who are readers of the blog and the feedback has been great. Have a lovely weekend and stay tuned! Check out my other social feeds for daily antics.
- Mr. Boy