Monday, May 25, 2015

Pick Of The Week: Guess Choc Brown Dawson Cardigan

Pick of the week time again and as always courtesy of Runway Sale. This time it's an absolute autumn/ winter wardrobe staple, a shawl collar cardigan. This one by the Guess brand has some edgy features like the off-centre button placket and antique brass buttons. All the other features are common, like two front pockets and that it's ribbed. What's not to love about it. It has the requisite heavy texture even though it's 100% cotton. 

Even though the most versatile of shawl collar cardigans is one in a neutral tone, this chocolate brown one is just as versatile because it will complement both casual and business casual outfits. When determining the correct fit ensure that the cardigan can be worn with only a shirt despite its chunky texture and feel. When considering a snug/ fitted fit the cardigan should be versatile enough to use as an outer piece or layering piece. That's versatility. 

Some of my favourite looks for a shawl collar cardigan include wearing it as an outer piece over a trouser and waistcoat combination, as a layering piece under a casual mid-thigh length coat and, with jeans and a henley. There are many other combinations to consider, you just have to think creatively. Since this is a sale, it has been marked down from R1420 to R749. 

p.s. I will be taking a break from the blog for a little while. I hope to return by mid-June. I have to focus on my exams and also prepare for another basketball season. I do have a whole lot more content coming up. Thank you for reading.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Style: Spring/ Summer Suit In Autumn

One of the advantages of living in a region with sub-tropical climate is that you can pretty much wear the same fabrics throughout the year. I've said it before that Durban rarely gets cold, and when it does, a simple and warm layer on top does the trick. Yesterday was just one of those days; clear sky, sunny, warm with a light breeze. Perfect weather for a light-weight suit.

This is a light grey 100% wool (Super 130s) suit. The difference with other wool suits I have is that this one is extremely light and very breathable (hm...this reminds me of a time I said that polyester is breathable). I could literally feel the breeze blow right through the suit; it is so light I'm willing to concede that it is more casual than formal. So, in summer I will probably wear it with just a shirt, golfer/ polo, or a henley or T-shirt. It's a lot more fitted and slim throughout the body and the trousers throughout the leg as well.

I don't know if this surprises anyone else but, I am always incredulous at the quality of certain fabrics. How a fabric will appear solid from afar but then up close it is patterned; that always gets me, every time. This suit might appear solid grey but up close it is a micro houndstooth. The above picture doesn't do it justice. But it's just one of its features that I really like. The brown buttons and the deep V on the button stance is what makes it so appropriate for the warmer months. I like a deep V because it allows the necktie to be shown off and that also compliments one's waistline as well.

I never used to like flat front trousers however I've grown to appreciate them and how they form a clean line from the waist down. These trousers might seem high waisted but they're not. I just seem to have found a comfortable way of wearing them and that included adding this brown woven belt to keep them at the waist.

It's an off-the-rack suit and I can't wait until spring/ summer when I can really give it a run. It's not serious at all therefore it's going to require a lot of creative thinking in order to extract maximum wearability. I'm impressed though because I'm sure it'll appeal to a lot of gents who are into slim fitting suits.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Pick Of The Week: Movado

                                                     Men's Brown Leather Circa Watch

There was a time when every Movado print ad featured Wynton Marsalis, his ever present trumpet and how their timepieces harkened back to a time when men's style was about quality and classic timelessness. These are the qualities that are espoused by Movado and it was no surprise that they'd have Marsalis as their brand ambassador. Marsalis is a firm believer in dressing presentably, especially for people in the arts, and his partnership with Movado was a futher extension of this belief and his personality.

This week's pick of the week comes courtesy of this luxury brand and I have to say I'm quite impressed with Runway Sale for partnering with such a brand in order to offer their timepieces for just a fraction above half price.

First up, atop, is a favourite of mine. I love wristwatches with leather straps. There's something about genuine leather wrapped around your wrist, its obvious and  lasting quality. It features a dark brown leather strap, the case is polished stainless steel, the dial markers are rose gold with Arabic numerals and indices, and there is a date calendar display. It's pretty much standard as an everyday watch and it would work in a business and casual environment. It's not exactly affordable for the budget conscious gent, however, at R6 799 down from R12 950, I'd say it's a steal considering the brand and its inherent quality.

I like the versatility of this chrono watch as well. It's a lot more bolder and bright, and it would work for casual environments where a suit is not mandatory but a jacket is; it gives me summer wedding, race course or garden party vibes. Another aspect of its versatility is that its two tone; which makes it compatible with gold or silver accented accessories. You're not restricted with a watch of this kind.

Its features will also appeal to any wristwatch enthusiast. It has a round black dial with gold tone hands and stick hour markers, a fixed gold-tone bezel, minute markers around the outer rim, and a date display appears at the 4 o'clock position. The dot marker at the twelve o'clock hour, unbeknownst to me, is a signature feature of Movado watches. For a watch of this design, functionality and beauty you should expect to pay R18 500, however since it's on sale it's been slashed to half price at R9 299. Not cheap but it will definitely have admirers and takers.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.