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.
Most of the stores have started their winter sale by now. Sale is a perfect period to buy those things that you have craved for a long time, but felt that they were a bit too expensive for your wallet. Try to buy classic pieces, even that is easy to fall for the sport coat with the eccentric window pane pattern and colors. Today I would like to present an outfit with clothing in various price ranges and discounts, and to show that it is possible to find subtle and classic pieces to great prices.
L ast week we looked at my favorite beanies for the winter that arrived last week in Sweden. Today we will continue in the same direction and take look at the winter season’s most important garment, the overcoat.
The overcoat has been worn for centuries, at first for more formal events or as part of a military uniform. Today the overcoat has an iconic status and the use for the garment has changed drastically. Today it is worn in every thinkable occasion, both for the walk in the countryside but also as outwear to cover you business suit in the city.
The definition of an overcoat is a type of long coat that usually ends below the knee, something that has changed because of today’s shorter silhouette and fashion. I would say that most of the overcoats that are found in stores often ends above the knee. It is mostly used during winter to keep you warm and is the most common choices of fabrics are wool, wool-blend or cashmere. A bit more unusual fabrics that can be found are the mohair, angora and camel hair but that still offers warmth. As always it is a matter of personal taste but normally the wool is the most budget friendly choice, where cashmere instead is the most luxurious and expensive.
Coats normally have two different types of buttoning, either the so called single or double. Single breasted coats normally have two or three buttons, where the first button often is just a detail for the three to two rolled lapels that can be seen on many coats today. If the coat has a three to two rolled lapels as seen for some of the coats below, I would recommend not to buttoning the upper button as this will only make lapels look wrong. The double breasted coat have in most cases six buttons as on the traditional double breasted jacket. Here I would highly recommend to keep the lower button unbuttoned to make the coats drape better.
What about choice of color? I would start with a navy coat, as this is the easiest color to combine with everything from jeans to suits. After this I would personally buy a camel colored coat which is a true classic to wear. Other colors that are good choices and easy to use are grey, brown and dark green. The choice is yours, but here are my ten favorites for the season.
Elegance, a word that is often used but what does it actually mean? For me, elegance is all about simplicity and something I truly admire. It is about not overdoing it, but instead of making it simpler. Subtle colors will always be more elegant such as blue, white and brown. This is the inspiration behind today’s collage and my vision of simplicity.
We continue our weekly coverage for the ongoing fall and winter seasons collections. Today we steer our course back to Italy where one of the most luxurious tailors resides, Cesare Attolini.
Founded in 1930 by Vicenzo Attolini, Cesare Attolini has been a company who have changed a lot in tailoring history. Vicenzo’s vision was to create a jacket as soft and lightweight as a shirt, removing padding, shoulder padding, linings and making it totally unconstructed. Years later he succeed creating the first unstructured Neapolitan-style jacket that was later perfected by his son Cesare. During the same time he also invented what today is known as the barchetta, a distinctive “boat” shaped breast pocket that is used by many tailors today.
Each garment are made entirely by hand in the ourskirts of Napels in the part of town called Casalnuovo. In the workshop there are over 130 tailors working every day, achieving absolute perfectionism during the 25 to 30 hours that it takes to create a suit.
For this fall and winter we travel to the vineyards outside Montalcino in Italy. Photographed out in the beautiful greens and inside of an wine basement, Cesare Attolini sets the right mood and delivers another collection close to perfection. As always we can see the Neapolitan trademarks with soft natural shoulders, wide lapels with 3/2 button rolls and light constructions. Choice of colors and fabric stays true what the brand have shown before, with different shades of navy, brown, grey and various of checked patterns.:
I know, I know, beige and white are not the colors that you expected to wear for fall and winter. It will rain and snow and you will get wet and dirty, and you will curse that you wore them. Well, this will eventually happen for all light colored garments and your local dry cleaner will still have an job thanks to you. If you dare to wear them, you will not only look like as a true gentleman, you will also be the best looking lad on the streets.