Winter is here and what is more classic than rocking a navy pea coat? With its origin from the British navy, it is built to withstand the cold wind during the winter. Complete the naval look by adding a turtleneck and for layering during the colder days.
A blazer may feel too formal for some, but there are other alternatives to begin with. A knitted blazer is the perfect combination of formality and sportswear. It is leisure, comfortable and easier to wear with everything you throw at it such as a pair of jeans or chinos. Today’s collage flirt with the early days of summer, where you will be able to wear your knitted blazer with the classic and elegant panama hat and a pair of tassel loafers.
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.
We cannot deny it anymore, the winter is here to stay. To be able to survive the winter you will need a good overcoat, beanie and scarf. We have already talked about my favorite overcoats and beanies and I think it is high time that we take a look at my favorites scarves.
A scarf can be a real savior when it is chilly outside, especially with a combination of the lower temperature and a windy day. What many do not think about is that you can control your temperature easily depending on which knot you are using for your scarf. A walk in city, walking in and out of stores will probably need a different knot compared to if you are taking a long walk in the country side. Other important details to think about when choosing a scarf are the length, choice of fabric and color. A longer scarf will give you the option to be able to make more advanced knots, something that will impact the isolation as already mentioned but also what kind of look you are after. I like when the scarf have a length around 180 cm, a length that is not too long or too short.
The thickness of the fabric will also make a difference as a lighter fabric will look more elegant, but lack of the isolation that a thicker fabric will offer. For winter I would personally choose a wool or cashmere fabric as these will keep you warm, not irritate your skin and are easy to find in various price ranges. Another fabric that has been seen much more lately is the alpaca, a softer and more luxurious alternative than the merino and sheep wool.
When it comes the choice of colors, I would personally start off with earthy and subtle colors such as navy, grey, brown and camel. These colors are the easiest to match with your other garments in you winter wardrobe such as your coats and trousers. I think it is better to start with these basic colors and instead add colorful scarves afterwards.
I have picked my ten favorites for the winter to help you gentlemen in the jungle of scarves.
October is closing in and the fall season has officially begun here in Stockholm. Today’s inspiration will focus on some of my favorite colors for fall, brown, cream and bottle green. These colors will match will almost everything in your wardrobe for the upcoming season.
Sunglasses is something obvious for everyone when the summer arrives, both for protection against the sun but also as a stylish accessories. What many men forgets is that your head and hair also needs protection from the sun and there’s a lot of different options in the market to choose from. Today we will take a closer look at one of the most classic options, the Panama hat.
Let’s take a trip to the city now when the summer has arrived and lets look what men are wearing on their heads. The most common choice for a headwear is without any doubt the baseball cap or some cap related to this and don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wearing one of these but they may not be best choice to all outfits. These kind of hats will be brilliant to a more relaxing and causal outfit but may not always be appropriate to more formal options, but fear not because that’s where the classic panama hat comes into the picture.
The panama hat is a straw hat with its origins from Ecuador where some of the finest production still remains today. The name comes from the Isthmus of Panama, a trading hub where most of the South American goods where shipped to during the early 19th and 20th century. The hat quickly became associated with the seaside and tropical locales because of its design and looks. A panama hat is often light-colored, lightweight and breathable and made of pure straw which makes the hat flexible enough to roll up without damaging it and to small enough to pack it in your luggage.
The creation of Panama hats consists of weaving and blocking and can be a very time consuming depending on the quality of the hat. The quality is often graded in numeric degrees to indicate quality, where some of the finest hats are made with as many as 2500 weaves. These hats are known as Montecristis, after the town of Montecristi where these fine hats are produced. A rumor says that a hat of this quality can hold water and even be rolled to pass through a ring.
Panama hats can be found in various of price ranges today and I recommend to start with a affordable one to see if it’s something that you will be comfortable with. They can be a bit stiff in the beginning but the more you wear it, the more comfortable you will be with it. Below can you find my five favorites for the summer, everything from affordable H&M to luxurious Loro Piana.
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.