After a long week at work, wearing your business suit in the office, a leisure inspired outfit could be the trick to make your weekend even better. Tailored clothing in all honor, but leisurewear is the way to go during the weekend in my opinion. So go ahead and hang off your suit on the hangar, and bring fourth the classic leather jacket.
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.
We continue our report for the upcoming fall and winter collections to look at the new collection from Isaia Napoli, a collection that’s full of colors and patterns.
I think Isaia is one of few brand who found their identity, something that many brands have trouble achieving. When you ask people, “Have you heard about the brand Isaia?” The answer is often “Yes it’s that luxurious tailoring brand who always have a lot of colors and patterns for their clothing right?”. My answer would have been the same too, and that’s what I think makes the new seasonal collections interesting every single time from the brand.
For this fall and winter Isaia presents a collection inspired by the mosaics of Pompeii. The town of Pompeii was discovered as late as 1748, hundreds of years after being covered in the lava and ashes from the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The city’s beautiful villas with their colorful titles and frescoes were preserved during all these years. Colors such as ochre and dark red, which is also known as red Pomeiano, are the foundation for this collection. Otherwise it’s a collection in true Isaia spirit, with bold patterns and textures with small but interesting details.
So spring has officially arrived and the temperature is slowly rising to comfortable levels. The temperatures are changing quickly during spring, some days can be nearly as hot as early summer days and days after can instead be windy and chilly. This is where the scarf comes into the picture, the scarf is the perfect companion to stay warm and to add a stylish detail to your outfit.
The scarf is known by many names but the most popular ones are kremer, cravat or muffler. The origin is not completely known but one of the stories comes from Ancient Rome where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. History tells that they were originally used by men to wipe sweat from their faces and necks. Later on women started using the scarves but more as an accessories and has been worn by the women as a fashionable item ever since. In other cases historians believes that the scarf were used to identify different ranks of the Chinese warriors during the reign of Emperor Cheng in China. The same theory was seen around the 17th century in the Croatian army, where officers had silk scarves and the soldiers were instead issued with cotton scarves.
It wasn’t until the early 19th century before the scarf became popular for both men and women. Nowadays it’s one of the most versatile clothing accessories that both women and men can wear. It can be worn with everything and it doesn’t matter if’s a suit, sport coat, sportswear, sweater or a t-shirt. You can mostly say that the scarf is used in two different ways today, either you use it for layering to stay warm or as a fashionable detail for you outfit. For both options it’s crucial to choose the right material for your scarf, everything depends on which season you are planning to wear it. You don’t want to use a thick wool scarf in the middle of the summer, neither using one in a lightweight linen fabric for winter. For spring and the upcoming summer there’s a lot different options to choose from, but a lightweight one is recommend so it’s possible to wear it as long as possible into the season. Nowadays you can find a lot of very good fabric combinations but the most popular one is wool and silk. Wool and silk combines both the breathable wool and the silk that gives the garment luster. But there’s no other fabric that can compare itself to cashmere, it’s soft, breathable both during hot and cold weather and has a extraordinary luster.