Some days, it is just cold and the rain is falling outside. Having the proper clothing during these days, which includes a serious raincoat and umbrella will make your day a lot better. If you are unsure about which raincoat to get, the trench coat will always be a true wardrobe classic.
Spring is slowly showing its true color and the spring and summer look books have recently arrived. One of the latest and most interesting look books to be seen is the one from Stockholm based Saman Amel where they focus on the brands core concept.
With Petter Berg behind the camera, the duo Saman Amel and Dag Granath created the lookbook Katalog that shows us the ateliers most classic tailored concepts. It features two of their most classic lines, the more affordable Toscana and the luxurious Napoli line.
The inspiration behind the look book comes from the old school post order catalogs (katalog in Swedish). These post order catalogs where used in the past to buy garments via a phone call or by sending a letter. The idea of being forced to either make a phone call or posting a letter may sound ridiculous today, but we should never forget that this was the foundation of today’s online industry. With this in mind, Saman Amel took inspiration from the old catalogs to show an generic look of the company, showing its core between formal and casual clothing.
Let’s face it, blue is the most forgiving and easiest color to match. It can be matched with the full color palette, but what has been on the table for a while is the monochrome way of styling. For today’s inspiration collage, I would like to show how to combine this in an elegant and usable way.
I normally wear suits and sport coats everyday, but during the weekends I always like to bring out my casual part of my wardrobe. One of my favorite knitwear pieces for the season is the belted cardigan. Wear it with a t-shirt, a pair of raw denims, classic chelsea boots and an cozy scarf to keep you warm.
For today’s post I would like to present a new series of articles where we will look at my view on wardrobe staples. We will start the series to look closer at my personal favorite, the navy suit.
Some of you have probably heard about the expression “Black suits are reserved for funerals and weddings”. Where this may be true with some expectations, the most common mistake men do is to choose a black suit for their first commission. The first suit is normally the one that you buy for your graduation in school. In terms of formality, this may not be incorrect but a navy suit would be a much better choice in many perspectives.
The main reason in my opinion is that the navy choice gives you a lot more value for your money. It can be used in so many different occasions, it does not matter if it for the office, a wedding or evening events. Another argument that favors the color is that it more than less suits everyone. You will always look sophisticated and elegant, and not pale that can be the case sometimes when wearing black or grey suits.
A fabric with some type of texture such as birdseye, herringbone or hounds tooth will also give you the option to use the suit as separates. Try to combine the navy jacket with a pair of grey trousers for the ultimate menswear outfit, or why not a pair of brown trousers for a subtle but elegant look? The navy trousers in the other hand will be a great companion with just a white shirt or a brown jacket. The choices are endless as you will be able to combine navy with almost every color.
When it comes to fabrics, I would recommend to start off with either the worsted, three or four seasons wool fabrics. These kind of fabrics will first of all make your suit more durable and resistant. And due to the weight and weaving, the suit will all also be wearable nearly all year around.
The rest is up to personal references, but I would highly recommend to choose a more classic fit, details and length like the options that I have provided below.
The Solaro fabric is not a common sight today and are only available at a few selected stores in the world and through bespoke tailors. The weaving of the fabric mixes two colored threads that creates a shiny effect to it which reflects the light. This makes the Solaro fabric the perfect companion for the summer season and something that stands out from the crowd.
No matter how much I love the classics such as the navy suit, formal dressing can sometimes be a bit boring. What I have learned during the years is how to dress down tailored clothing and combine them with more casual garments. One of the guys who always pull this off is Yasuto Kamoshita, also know for his brand Camoshita. Today, I want to pay a tribute to Kamoshita with an attempt of his style.
With Swedish summer comes rain and either a good raincoat or umbrella is well worth an investment. Today will focus on the rain coat and how you will combine this with an outfit for the office. Choose a rain coat in a timeless color such as navy or army green as these colors will be easy to combine with your wardrobe. Let us beat the rain with style this summer.
For today’s Monday inspiration I wanted to try something different. There is no secret that I like the color blue and for today I would like to take it to another level and combine the color in all garments. To be able to succeed pulling off an outfit like this, try to find different shades of blue that reminds of each other.
Summer is closing in and today we will focus on one of my new favorite colors for summer, chocolate brown. I will also have the opportunity to present my newest project from Sartoria Francesco Guida in the near future. A suit in a chocolate brown lightweight wool, perfect for summer, and Pitti Uomo.