Monday, November 17, 2014

Brands: Combatant Gentlemen Navy Blue Modern Fit Suit

November has been a quiet month due to exams and a lot of pressure at work, however, now that I have the exams out of the way I think it's time I finally posited on the navy blue modern fit suit by Combatant Gentlemen. As I have alluded before Combatant Gentlemen is a fairly new menswear outfitter available online. They are slowly making their mark on the online menswear world and nothing gives me more encouragement about them than their recent developments; they have expanded their range to include outerwear and black tie formal. They seem like they mean business by offering suiting and other garments in quality fabrics at very affordable and reasonable prices.

The suit is a dark navy blue shade, however, it can be distinguished from other shades of dark navies. The fabric is 100% pure Italian wool. For me, the fabric is the best thing about the suit. It is simply beautiful; smooth to the touch, comfortable and soft, I think it will satisfy a lot of gentlemen who are interested. The suit is off the rack, it comes in a size of your choice, I chose a size 40R and the trousers, which are flat-front, were a size 36 waist. The trousers are unhemmed and this means I could finish them in any way I wanted. I chose to have them cuffed especially because the fabric is a little on the warm side with some heft. This suit, by the way, is appropriate for autumn right through spring; it'll be too hot and heavy for summer. The back image evinces some of the flaws of a off the rack suit; fabric bunching from the lower back to between the shoulder blades. The sleeves also were slightly baggy and this explains the bunching of the fabric through the tricep. These are minor flaws, I believe with time the quality of the construction of the suits will get better and more precisioned.

I had to play it safe, Combatant Gent suits come in a slim and modern sizing, and I elected a modern size just to avoid disappoint in case a slim fit didn't fit. 

For me this suit is a great start for the young professional who is starting to build his wardrobe and is looking for a suit which is affordable quality. I'm sure you'll agree that $200 US isn't bad at all; and that, in my opinion, makes Combatant Gentlemen very competitive in the online menswear milieu.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Supremebeing White Canvas Stitch Plimsoll

If you've been mulling making forays into white garment territory then you can start here; the Supremebeing canvas stitch plimsoll. Now that it's spring it's time to brighten up your footwear and these sneakers are the way to go. Minimal in design, sleek and low-cut, this is the best choice when it comes to sneakers for spring and summer. Conversely, in autumn and spring sneaker choices should be on the chunky, thick-soled side because they work with heavier fabrics.

The great thing about sneakers in summer is that they come in an array of colours, textures and designs, and this makes it possible to experiment with various clothing styles, dress codes and combinations. The Supremebeing signature plimsoll with a foreshortened toe section and low profile top line also features flat laces and signature Supremebeing bamboo sole unit.

These sneakers are this week's pick of the week because they're an essential, however, more importantly, they are on sale, marked down from R650 to R195. I have my own pair that I purchased sometime in September and recently broke out for the first time this past weekend. I also obtained them on sale for R260.

I attended a beauty pageant at the weekend hosted by professional football club Mamelodi Sundowns. The occasion was the Miss Mamelodi Sundowns 2014 Durban Regional Finals. My wife implored me not to wear a suit and when I finally decided on what to wear the end result was this slim fitting navy suit, a grey henley, a light blue gingham pocket square, and the Supremebeing stitch plimsoll's. I was very comfortable, I didn't feel overdressed and this was a good way of dressing down without being over the top. 

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.