Another set of shots taken by Sam Travis, who’s recently updated his website. Always happy with the turn out, so hope you like the cool set of photos by Sam this week! His website can be found here.
I guess the “concept” for this outfit came from my appreciation for Italian menswear and a sort of modern take on 90s fashion. I’m a huge fan of high waisted trousers but for guys, these are really only stocked by high-end designers. I decided to get a pair from River Island as I know the classic regular trousers tend to come up quite big and unfitted, and then take them to a tailor to tuck them in at the waist and to take about 5 inches off the length, but avoid over-killing the tapering (when you take length off you still need to taper slightly else they’ll flare). I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this before, but if you can’t find something you want to buy in terms of cut or fit, but you know what you want, a good tailor will understand and you can always get something altered to your specifications for a very, very reasonable price.
I picked up the shirt from Topman a while ago. I guess you could say it’s a very highstreet outfit, which there’s nothing wrong with. It’s definitely how you wear something and what you wear it with, that will avoid that highstreet-feeling of everyone wearing the same thing. It’s a bit loud, and I distinctively remember my friend saying “Really? Really Karlmond?” when I picked it up, but I love the oversize fit and it’s nice to have something green and loud in my wardrobe. It’s short-sleeve, which is good because I’m not a massive fan of long-sleeve print shirts. Because it’s quite a stand out piece of clothing, I’ve worn it with a bunch of black to keep it downplayed.
The jacket I picked up years and years ago from Zara when I was shopping for a prom suit with the mum (which has two embarassing statements in one sentence). It’s a regular fit which makes a change from everyone’s slim fit craze these days. What I do like most about the jacket is that it is made of linen, which is a great material to keep you cool through the summer. Linen jackets work in most colours, but my favourites are cream, black and navy blues. Uniqlo usually stock a good collection of linenwear so it’s worth checking out during the summer.
The white socks might not be to everyone’s taste; while generally I’m a big fan of going sockless in the summer, I guess I wanted to keep up with that old school feeling. I kept it white because the shirt is enough; you’ll find a lot of “fashionistos/fashionistas” will coin the term statement piece, which implies the piece of clothing is considerably bold or stand-out and doesn’t often (but can still) work with other statement pieces. Hence loud green shirt; simple clothing but stand-out cuts.
I suppose the key things to remember in the current heatwave the UK is facing, is that if you need to wear a jacket, opt for linen. It’s still smart, much cooler (in a temperature sense) than cotton counterparts, and has a good looking texture. Don’t be afraid to go sockless, I like to roll my socks half way across the foot so at least the toes are covered. And just because it’s a jacket or a blazer doesn’t mean you can’t roll up the sleeves! Just determine whether it looks cool, or just a bit too Vice City.
Enjoy the heatwave - next week I’ll be talking hair, hair and hair. I’ve had a few questions about how I get this slick look; if you have any more feel free to fire them across and I’ll be answering them next week. Thanks!
- Mr. Boy
PS - The Facebook has hit 100 likes, many many thanks for that but obviously there’s a long way to go!