Saturday, February 28, 2009

Seriously Vintage

It was a surprise for me to learn of his vintage coat and 1970's era Pierre Cardin top - afterall, it was the contrast of the over-sized sunglasses and skinny jeans which I first noticed.

Simply Lovely

Sunday, February 22, 2009


A great edit of coat, crew-neck, five-pocket pant, socks and shoes. Each item holds its own and the fit is superb.

Black and White

The worn-in shoes really balance-off the look for me.

How Would You...

... bring home the Birkin - or any item after purchase for that matter? I think I would carry mine out of the store, on its own merit, rather than have it hidden in a store bag. After all it is ready to use and enjoy so why give up the opportunity.

I did ride my last bicycle home from the bike shop, and I have taken bites out of loaves of bread when at the checkout. So it should come as no surprise that I have worn shoes and socks, and hats and coats, and carried bags - not the store bag, but a bag I paid for - out of stores.

I have yet to do this for other items, such as ties or suits, but I think it is just a matter of time before I do. I can think of no better way.

Neck Scarf

Gilded Buttons

What elegance and beauty.


Love the line of buttons down the coat and shoes. Oh, and the mix of colors too.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Partners in Style

Work to Live

I took note of this sculpture depicting office workers in an elevator. To the best of me, I can not account for their dismal mood. They are each well presented, and judging by the colors of their clothes, dressed for a spring day.

I would have a spring in my step if I were in their shoes, especially those of the man on the left as the thought of wearing a blue-gray peak lapel linen suit on a spring day is positively uplifting to me.



I love how the proportions of the hat and shoes bracket the fit of the jacket and jeans.

Casual Elan


It was my pleasure meeting this young man who was out and about. I should have taken a close-up as his tie has an endearing print on it.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Till We Meet Again

I visited a favorite menswear store of mine over the weekend. It had been a while since I last saw the friendly and helpful staff, and I was looking forward to seeing them and the store's spring wares. Well it was not meant to be. Instead of familiar faces I was greeted by the unfamiliar sight of a locked gate and covered windows. As far as I am concerned, their winter sale had gone too far.

I am now even more appreciative of the few stores left in the city where staff are knowledgable and seek to delight, and the clothes are the class of the city.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Plaid Scarf

A Divine Dress

I have always had an appreciation for how fashion designers convey design through illustration. Seemingly simple pen strokes conspire to define a garment - its silhouette, style, fit, color and material - to the point that it is palpable.

Illustration need not be confined to the realm of the designer. I use it to plan my wardrobe and test out new looks. It may be that I grew up watching my mother sketch out her vacation wardrobe before packing for a trip, or the clothes she would wear for an evening out.

Our imagination is rich, and illustrations both capture it and let it run free.