During a cold autumn’s day, lingering around the park looking like that guy you probably shouldn’t be talking to, me and Joe took some very autumn-y shots to present a Uniqlo-filled outfit for you today.
Those who have never wandered through the doors of the Japanese high street brand are missing out on quality and affordable basics. I’ve been a strong fan of the brand ever since they launched in the UK back in the early 2000’s, but they’ve never really caught on as a huge competitor as their stores are only located within London, and thus people don’t really know what to expect from them or what they’re known for, and really, they aren’t a quick fashion brand such as their neighbours H&M or Topman. I’m sure I’ll be droning on more about the brand in a much needed feature on the Japanese giant.
Corduroy has been a favoured material of mine for a while. It’s often associated with vintage clothing and does age you a bit, but having a pair of navy cord trousers to me is just as essential as having a pair of black skinny jeans. It’s one of those materials that comes nicely in less popularly worn colours such as browns, dark greys or burgundys, all of which have been utilised by Uniqlo in various plain and patterned shirts. Corduroy jackets are also a great look despite their balding-professor connotations, but by wary of the fit buying one off the rail, as they tend to have a “classic fit”, rather than being tapered in for the slim vibe everyone seems to enjoy these days. It’s definitely not one to be worn for the smarter occasions though, and certainly won’t substitute for a good dinner jacket.
Completing the intelligent Asian man look is the cardigan, which I remember coming back into fashion quite a few years ago with much hesitation. There’s something about young 20 year olds and their obsession with wanting to look older, be it through their facial hair or the way they dress, perhaps in an attempt to make themselves be taken just a bit more seriously (which I personally have no qualms with - I’m also a victim). I like a good woolly cardigan a few sizes too big, and some times you don’t want to cover everything up with a round-neck or v-neck jumper, and the cardigan still allows you to show off your handpicked tie or meticulously ironed shirt. A nice little tip if you want to make it look younger and you’re wearing it with a shirt, fold the sleeves of the shirt over the cardigan as you roll them up.
I was having a conversation the other day about how brown is a tough colour for guys to buy. A bit of brown goes well with say navy blues (which realistically, every guy has in their wardrobe), greens and beiges/camels/khakis. It’s definitely an “older” colour, but if you’re feeling cautious, start with a pair of trousers. Personally, I’ve been looking for a pair of brown corduroy trousers for a while, but I’ve been pretty obsessive compulsive about the shade. Needless to say, if you do decide to wear some brown clothing, go with the brown shoes. Black and brown isn’t exactly a sin, but there ARE shades of brown that really don’t go with black.
It’s been a very busy year and Mr. Boy has come a long way, but I’ve got very exciting changes for January with a lot more content planned. So stay tuned, and I’ll tap up a post before Christmas day. Happy Holidays.
- Mr. Boy