Saturday, April 25, 2009

Buttons - Unsung Hero

The lowly button: neglected and taken for granted until it goes missing. It deserves more. Not only is it functional, but it is decorative too. There is at least one store that gives it its due respect and deals exclusively in it. Buttons in all kinds of shapes, sizes and materials; 9,000 styles to be exact.

Me, I like my buttons round, with four holes please, made of a natural material, and attached by hand.

Black suit buttons: Perfect company to hand-sewn buttonholes.

A Simple Question

Photo: M. de Vries
It was nice to be asked, "Can I take your picture?" - a question I have asked many times myself. Through that simple question I have met many wonderful people, including the photographer credited with the above picture.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Contrast Sole


Love the driving helmet and goggles. And the belt too.


The Details

Right Attitude

It is nice seeing young men adopt classic modes of dress. He enjoys dressing this way, and would do so more often if he had more suits.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

When One Is Not Enough

Favorite item? Weakness? Most versatile piece? It could be anything - bags, shoes, t-shirts, watches, ties - and often one is not enough. What started as one turns into a wardrobe of many. Oh, we try to content ourselves with our stable, only to find ourselves resisting temptation, and reasoning that an addition would be most useful.

A hat maybe? The writing is on the wall:

Animated in Seattle - Part 2

Anime characters are many, and the level of dress of Sakura-Con 2009 attendees in Seattle was about the same. Many turned heads, and the level of detail, time and handwork put into this ensemble - let alone the fit and silhouette - makes it a standout.

Animated in Seattle

I was in downtown Seattle over the weekend and noticed people taking liberties with their dress. All I could think to myself was, "Wow - love the creativity." I learned later that they were there for an annual anime convention, with many of the 10,000+ attendees in full costume. Seeing that many people dressed in the anime mode brought an air of legitimacy - versus being costume - to it. For many, no detail was left unturned in bringing their chosen character to life. That same passion and interest applied to everyday dress would bear great style.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Always a Great Day

Sunday, April 5, 2009

On-Street Civility

Serious Sneakers


Go Green

Spring is in the air and I have the urge to go green in a big way. Owe it up to winter greys and browns to make me want a change of pace. Green is fairly neutral, and adds subtle color to any look - so long as it is not overdone. Now, where did I put my green shirt...

Green cashmere sweater

Green woven silk tie

Olive linen pants

Green cotton socks

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Denim Revolution