Winter over here in the north west brings a lot of rain, and can still get quite cold at times. Any recommendations on some good pieces to throw together?
There’s basically two ways you can go, either you use a raincoat with water repelling features or you use a thicker overcoat. From what I understand it isn’t freezing where you live, so I’d go with a classic car coat(Herno, Allegri, Mackintosh etc). When it’s extra cold, just do some serious layering using a cosy sweater, blazer and a scarf.
Ask yourself, what is most price worthy for you, buying a winter overcoat is usually very expensive and if it’s not freezing very often it might not be worth an investment. A rain coat can be used basically all year, which is to its advantage.
Also, make sure to have at least one pair of shoes with rubber soles that can handle some crappy weather. If you insist on wearing your favorite pair of leather shoes you may wanna use some protective galoshes, Norwegian Swims produce fine ones that will keep your shoes dry.
Hello, I see you've posted Il Gergo shoes a couple of times. Do you have any idea what the quality is like on those?
The quality is what you’d expect from budget shoes, I’m happy with the ones that I have and so far I have nothing bad to say. Price worthy, a good alternative if you’re on a budget but of course, you cannot compare them to higher quality shoes. They offer a great range of shoes with Dainite sole, really good if you live somewhere wet.
A double breasted sportcoat from Montedoro, Incotex flannel trousers, both from Mr Porter. Made a post about the purchase here a while ago, though I’m still waiting for the package to be delivered. Two weeks and counting.. *doh.
What items of clothing would you say every man has to own? What are the basics to an effortless yet so smart wardrobe? We're talking day to day casual, not black tie.
In my opinion you should always go with classic pieces with a fit that embraces your body in the best way possible. Personally I prefer clothing with a natural silhouette, you should be wearing the clothes, the clothes shouldn’t be wearing you.
Also it’s a matter of where you live, if you live where the climate is arctic it might not be a good idea to throw 400$ on Incotex linen trousers. I always spend most money on winter clothing, and slowly my wardrobe keeps growing. To look casual and effortless it might be a good idea to spend some extra money on your clothing(though this is not a rule). In my experience it’s cheaper long term to buy something that is really top notch, than buying something that you maybe don’t love as much(e.g. you’ll throw it away in 1 year).
To look casual is not wearing sneakers with a suit, it’s better to buy clothing that are casual without the need of sneakers. There’s a few items of clothing that I think every man should own. A navy sportcoat with a natural silhouette goes with everything, completely unlined is to prefer. Also a pair of high quality shoes is something you should invest in, take care of and love for 20 years to come.
Also, achieving an effortless style doesn’t come just like that. It comes from years of mistakes, mistakes that you’ll learn from. When I look back at old pictures of me I think “What the fuck was I thinking?”. Experiment, learn what fits your particular body and invest in pieces that will stick with you long term.
I’m feeling quite lazy today so I’ll see if I will make a post later, meanwhile you can ask a question using the “ask me anything” function. Anything menswear related, or personal for that matter. Ask away!