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Menswear & Style

It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.
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I've been flicking through some menswear and style online articles, both online magazines and blogs. I was curious to find out what the goss was of late and was there anything educational. Answer was, to be honest, a lot of the same same, "What you should be wearing this season", "What's hot right now", "Men's essentials", "How do dress if your short or tall". Now these are all great and within good context they are educational and can help but when you start reading them they tell you how something should be instead of offering an inspirational point of view thus leaving "you" the reader the choice of deciding if it is right for you.

Most "essentials" state that every man should have a navy suit, white and blue shirt, black and brown dress shoes, a good pair of jeans and so on. When I was a mechanic, I never needed all of that in my wardrobe and not because I didn't like that style of dressing, but it wasn't necessary at that point in my life. But spearing forward to the present day and I'm in a different situation, I have the time and the life to wear what I like wearing and not only that, I know what I like and what works for me. This is the key to building your essentials, no matter what anyone will tell you; you should wear. Everyone should learn what you need over what is the fashion or in trend. The art of dressing to look the millions only has one rule which is "knowledge" without it, your money is wasted. It's like buying a sports car to help you collect hay bales on your farm because that's the latest model you "should" buy. 

So in saying that today I did what I do every day and wore what I wanted. It's still cold here in Melbourne so layers were the foundry for this outfit. The day consisted of a casual catch up with a friend for lunch before a little retail work, this is "my" perfect reason for smart-casual wear. A few layers of wool on top, a comfy smart chinos, casual sneakers, scarf and a super warm wool bomber jacket to shield the icy winds whistling through the streets. Something I usually think about is what I'm doing that day and the situations I may be in, so I dress accordingly. I know that when I'm indoors I won't wear the scarf and jacket, so my outfit underneath is almost a separate outfit, making the final choice a two in one. This maybe a bit over the top in the line of thought process put into it, but it's just how I've learnt my way of style and I'm sure you all will have ways of your own too.

Jacket by Scotch & Soda Artelier 
Roll Neck by Hermen Menswear
Chinos by Uniqlo
Scarf from Oscar Hunt Tailors
Sneakers by Elect Footwear
Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson
Tote Bag by Nudie Jeans