So I’ve just finished watching the final episode of Misfits, and to distract myself from the dire sadness that follows the ending of any decent series, I’ve decided to tap away a summery outfit feature, which was shot in an empty basketball court by Joe Harper, who’s just released his new website. We had a lot of fun shooting this one, climbing goal posts and trying to hang upside down from the ring, kitted with more streetwear than usual. Despite being in the cold middle of November, we were blessed with some great lighting and an excuse to pull out some incredibly strong shades.
I’m not one of those guys who likes to suit up for every day of the week, and just because you haven’t seen me in all black, snapbacks and beanies doesn’t mean I don’t like to be comfy in streetwear sometimes. I’m not going to lie - I’m not a sneakerfreak, and my appreciation for Bathing Ape comes from my nostalgic wannabe Hong Kong B-Boy days. But to be honest, menswear isn’t just about good shirting and three-piece suits, and it’s nice to see with all these emerging designers hitting the catwalks, that alternatives to suiting such as streetwear or workwear are getting just a bit more attention. Regardless of all of this, I did feel a slight bit of shame walking through East London with a loud floral print jumper and a beanie, tweaking the ends of my moustache like the most stereotypical hipster around…
I’ve had a few streetwear brands get in touch with all sorts of t-shirts featuring printed pockets, scattered with skulls or chains or animal prints, and while I don’t really mind the stuff, it’s not the kind of thing I’d wear on a day-to-day basis, or write about for the site. Breaking Rocks got in touch and while I was skeptical at first, a friend told me “well it wouldn’t hurt to try the floral jumper”. And she was right - as I stare at the sweater now in my lap I actually quite like it. I’m a bit of a sucker for florals and it’s definitely summery, and also fits surprisingly well, as I know ordering anything online can be difficult size wise. I suppose the main issues for anyone looking to wear something so bold is to just get over the fact that it’s quite loud, and wear it with confidence, as you would do a Christmas jumper in Christmas. Breaking Rocks are certainly looking to market their overall prints as fun, and that is essentially what they are. If you’re ever looking to break down loud prints, wear some black, like a coat.
The thing I’ve loved about December so far is that it’s actually been very sunny. I don’t mind the cold, it’s the combination of cold AND rain I hate. But just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t wear sunglasses, especially after a heavy night out drinking away your winter chills. The glasses I’m wearing in this image are from Maui Jim, and are insanely strong. I mean I love my good cheap throw-away sunglasses from the markets, but when you put on something that actually protects your eyes, it’s certainly noticeable, and pleasant to know you can happily stare at the sun (yes I am a child). I suppose that’s to be expected from a brand which markets themselves to the beach loving type, where those outside of the UK are blessed with healthy, regular sun rays rather than the blue burning of sun beds.
So I hope you like the more street-like post than usual. I mean don’t expect me to be rocking around in Supreme or anything, but there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up, highlighting a bit more about menswear than just the bog-standard shirt and tie. Saying that, I’m still a sucker for granddad knitwear.
- Mr. Boy