Showing posts with label Threads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Threads. Show all posts

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Style: NBA Draft 2013; Rookies Bringing The Sartorial Heat

Anthony Bennett - Cleveland Cavaliers

I have fallen, somewhat, out of the loop when it omes to basketball. Sure, I know the Miami Heat won this year's NBA championship, even though I was rooting for the San Antonio Spurs; but I just don't get around to watching, reading and discouraing on the game as much as I used to, or as I 'd like to. I mean, I take pride in the fact that I can remember a few interesting facts about the very first episode of NBA Action I saw way back in 1993. Over the years, however, my interest has waned, just a smidgen. I guess this is me saying that I miss the 90s version of NBA basketball too. One thing that also sticks out about the NBA of the 90s was the draft day fashion. Man, those 4/ 5 button suits were the business. Over the years the style has evolved so much so that today NBA players have stylists. This year's young crop were really stylish. What I liked the most was their attention to detail and other affections that seem to be pervading the menswear realm. Here are a few:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In honour of Made to Measure

A friend, fellow blogger, an all round inspirational dude, has just taken an indefinite hiatus from his blogging duties to focus on more important things. I find his blog to be very informative, inspirational and motivating, so much so that I started my own men's style blog. Well in honour of Dennis Cahlo from Made to Measure I decided my attire to work today would be all him.

Dennis unveiled this look at the start of Spring, for me, however, this is an Autumn look since we are on opposite sides of the seasonal calendar.

Red and white candy stripe, contrast collar shirt (Meltz R100).
Khaki jacket (Fashion Fusion R200).
Cotton blend pocket square (Woolworths set of 6 R80).

Dark brown Celio D-ring belt (Meltz R60)

Timberland jeans (J.A.M Clothing R80).
Chocolate brown cap toe oxfords (Woolworths R274).

Thanks for all the inspiration Dennis. I know you'll be back.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The R250 grey suit, in all its splendid glory

Some people have been waiting for this post for the longest time, including myself. It's been a long time coming. You will remember the grey suit I bought in Johannesburg sometime in February and then proceeded to write and show it in all it's flawed glory. Well earlier last week I finally picked it up from Soli Omar Tailors and they had finally done the work I needed on it. All at the cost of R200/ 25$ / 19 euros. The work I needed done:

- Jacket to be taken in at the sides.
- Sleeves to be shortened.
- Pants waist to be tightened.
- Turn ups/ cuffs on the pants.
- Pants length shortened.

I decided to complement the suit with a navy and brown window pane check shirt by Ralph Lauren R29, a solid navy tie R70, a white pocket square (set of 3 R25 Soli Omar), R15 tie bar (thrift shop).

What couldn't be done at the tailors though was the opening of the sleeves to make them workng cuffs. I was referred to an arcade off Commercial street, where Salim, a Pakistani was able to do the job. I was pleased when I showed him the jacket and what I needed done and he replied with a sense of assurance. Based on the work that was done I ma going to be taking more of my jackets and suit jackets to have working cuffs inserted. I chose to have the boutonniere and cuff button holes stitched in navy blue.

The shoes are a pair of tan cap toes I bought from Woolworths last month on sale for R274/ 26 Euros/ 36$. I decided to take them to my cobbler and had them dyed in a deep chocolate brown.

The fabric of this suit is heavy especially on the inside. I'm just glad I finally got it to work and work it. For me this is the perfect suit to wear to an interview. Men's style is also about experimenting and testing various things. Out of this test I was able to have my suit fixed to a proper fit and also the different stitching on the button holes and lapel. Things I wouldn't of known if I wasn't into dressing properly.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

If thrift shopping was a sport...

I would get on a plane, cross the Atlantic, all so that I could shop at a flea market in New York. This pic taken from the latest post from the BKc had me raving. I couldn't believe that I was seeing what appears to be a pair of tan Chelsea boots and, what had me more incredulous: what seems to be a pair of velvet slippers. See below.

I'm sure those shoes were inexpensive in all the ways I can imagine. And, it makes me wish I was there to scour, sample and indulge in all these great sartorial treats. Flea markets in my town are not as varied and substantial and the prices are not synonymous with the purpose of the event and the patrons. This however has not put a stop to my bargain hunting ways. But looking at the above pic I know I'd do damage in NY.

That's why I call myself the King of Bargains because if thrift shopping was a sport I'd be a perennial all-star.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Somewhere in between

I say this because today's outfit is inspired by the confusing weather. Nothing like Cape Town though. It was a very overcast morning, then somewhere between getting ready for my morning and reaching my destination, the weather went from overcast, to partly cloudy and sunny, then some drizzle and now finally a little windy. I'm not one to watch the weather report but when I saw the overcast weather I thought I'd go with the below combination.

As a personal rule I never allow my upper body to get or be exposed to the cold, which explains the long sleeve white shirt and the navy coat. Since I was attending an event where shorts weren't allowed I went with these jeans in a rusty shade.

My feet also needed to breathe a little which explains the bright blue driving mocassins. And, true to their name, car shoes are very comfortable to drive in.

Finishing touches.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Threads Inexpensive

A little experimentation with colour is never a bad thing. It's only right that the PG takes the time to go through his colour scheme to deduce which colours work best on and with him. Today's post is inspired by my one and only pair of terra-cotta dress pants. I just feel like this pair of pants allows me to really play around with colours and see what works with it. Not only that but I get to play with colours of different kinds of clothing. The foundation however remains the pants.

I guess inspiration was all round today. I decided to venture outside of my place and head on to my wife's workplace. A school for special kids. Their music class is where I decided to pose for the pictures. In and amongst my wife's work implements.

My latest acquisition is this red gingham shirt. Purchased from Woolworths for R199. A pure silk green striped tie also from Woolworths purchased for R140. The most I have ever paid for a tie. When it comes to a bright coloured shirt one's tie ought to be brighter or take on a different form. In this case I chose to temper the bold and bright check of the gingham with the green striped tie. It's a combination that works. I used to be reluctant to try different patterns with a shirt and tie. I'd always opt for the safer option of a solid tie with a patterned shirt. That's all in the past now. Another thing I discovered while experimenting a few weeks ago is that three solids are correct and even appropriate however they make a very bland combination.

A closer look. The thought going through my mind at that point: "I wish I could play a musical instrument."

The waistcoat definitely needs a little tweaking. The lesson I have learnt is that a waistcoat has to fit snug. The baggy and bulgy effect created by an ill-fitting waistcoat will only be exacerbated when a jacket is thrown on top.

Behind me, to my left..? Yes, I upgraded my attache game once again. I had to get another case in tan.

The heat in Durban is still crazy. We're going on the end of summer but the mercury seems to be still rising. I think what I wanted most was to wear a dark navy jacket, single breast with gold buttons as oppposed to the waist coat. However it came out all good. This is not the last you see of experiementation with colour, there's more to come.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Threads Inexpensive

I like today's combination. It was definitely all about the terra-cotta dress pants and, how the rest of the other pieces would be incorporated. I think I started thinking about it way early in the morning, just to ensure that everything was together and clean. If you remember, last month I posted about dress pants that needed alterations and how I'd work on the length, waist and taper. Well I'm happy to say that all 9 pairs of pants I took to Soli Omar Tailors came back fitting proper. From the length, to the waist to the taper, they did it all.

I decided to go with this old white Queenspark shirt. It's been a staple in my wardrobe and after getting it restored to its former white I have been wearing it a lot more lately. I love the sharp contrast of the two.

I was in a little bit of dilemma as far as the tie was concerned. I just wasn't sure which one to go with. The navy pin dot knit or the black and green striped one. I think once I threw the socks in, green was the winning colour and that propelled me to ditch the knit.

Last but not least, my tan cap toes.

The final outcome:

Aint nothing as good as a good fitting pair of dress pants.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Threads Inexpensive - Relaxed dress code in the workplace

Due to the heat in Durban being unbearable senior management at my workplace has no choice but to relax the dress code for the bulk of December and January. Yes, it's so hot in Durban it feels like the sun is leaning on you. I am certainly not going to be in 32 degree heat in jeans, chinos, cargo pants, etc. I am going to execute stylishly, in, above the knee shorts, a candy stripe shirt unbuttoned a few times and some car shoes. What makes it worse is that the air conditioning isn't working due to a water shortage in the area. I just don't understand how a visibly affluent suburb such as Mount Edgecombe and its surrounds runs out of its water supply. I am incredulous.

Not only is today's look simple it is also incredibly inexpensive. My shorts were once a pair of pin stripe pants I had made into shorts, the shirt is by Dockers, the car shoes are by Pringle purchased for a mere R150.

This is a style lesson wel learnt though especially in terms of the corporate clothing I am going to purchase for and next year, that it must be compliant with the season. That means the fabric, colours and tones must resonate and reflect the season I am in.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Threads In-Expensive

Part of why I started this blog is to dispel the myth that style is money. Not necessarily. It pains me to see a well-off gent, draped in designer brands head to toe and the whole look looks disheveled. I mean, if you can afford expensive taste in clothes why not invest some of your money in a stylist...? After all stylists are touted as people who know the trends in fashion and do their best to keep their clientele abreast with said trends. PG, however, is for the man on the street, the young professional, the hip-hop head who won't let go of the baggy jeans and hoodies, the style-less job seeker, etc. This is for men who feel confused by what it entails to build a wardrobe that is befitting the modern gentleman, where to start, how to accessorise, how to layer and how to finish off a look.

I don't have a stylist, I go by what I see in the media but I'm guided mostly by the fact that I know myself and therefore can never really make a mistake when it comes to my dress sense. I looked good in baggy jeans, white t-shirt and fitted cap, thats just not me anymore. The transition to stylish gentleman has been stop and go and not smooth at all and will always be a learning process. I'm glad however to state that I know what my taste is and that's what I'm sticking to.

The purpose of this post is to show you how I put together a presentable look for the workplace and the cost involved. I tell anyone that is willing to listen that 'I am the King of Bargains'. I am extremely economical when it comes to clothes shopping. I pay much more for shoes because they have to be top quality. All it takes really is a little patience in finding the right stores with your taste in clothes and more importantly within your price range. Breaking the bank over clothes is never a good look. A little luck also helps because you're bound to find a piece that is your size and is the only one left in a very serendipitous way. Now how fortuitous could that be.

If you have put in some effort in your dress on a particular day and feel good about it then that's all that matters. However for the perfect gentleman your style has to have conformed to dress rules. What you see below are some pieces I put together for a very little amount in terms of cost. Hope you can draw some inspiration from it. Note that since it is spring I have shifted to lighter colours, shades and fabrics.

(click on the images to enlarge pics)

White Giorgio shirt - Queenspark R150
Light gray double pleat pants (Part of a suit I don't like anymore) - Easywear R250
Patterned navy blue Austin Manor slim tie - J.A.M R5
Fun socks - Fashion fusion R15
Black Polo wing tips - Blue Dot R500
Horse shoe tie bar - Thrift store R15

Gentlemen I urge you, wherever you are, check out thrift shops, factory shops, hit up clearance sales, end of season sales, etc and you will surely find pieces that you can start to build your wardobe.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.