OOTD | Festive Green

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What I’m Wearing: 

  1. Jacket – Polo Ralph Lauren
  2. Tee Shirt – Balmain
  3. Jeans – Tiger of Sweden
  4. High Tops – Saint Laurent
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Casual Friday: Low Key Lake Days

RD Casual Friday Low Key Lake Days

As summer winds down layers are key.

  1. Hoodie – Gucci
  2. Tee Shirt – OAMC
  3. Swim Shorts – Missoni
  4. Slides – Givenchy
  5. Sunnies – Quay

Gucci | Hoodie

Details:

  • Red loopback cotton-jersey
  • Drawstring hood, black embroidery, ribbed trims
  • 100% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Designer colour: Live Red
  • Made in Italy

Style Notes:

The overall theme of this hoodie is good luck. This piece comes from the Gucci 2017 Fall collection which is heavily inspired by the Asian culture. The vibrant red color as well as the embroidered dragon on the back side of the hoodie is said to bring good fortune and prosperity to the wearer.. which I’m definitely not mad about.. Not to mention the number 25 (XXV in Roman Numerals) is embroidered on the top of the hood which is Alessandro Michele’s lucky number.

OAMC | Tee Shirt

Details: 

  • Black and white cotton-jersey
  • Crew neck
  • 100% cotton
  • Machine wash

Style Notes: 

This tee is very in-line with the overall black and red color theme of this outfit. Their is a swordfish print on the front and gothic lettering on the backside of the shirt.

 

Missoni | Swim Shorts

Details: 

  • Multicoloured shell
  • Elasticated drawstring waistband, two front slash pockets, back Velcro®-fastening flap pocket, designer emblem, internal mesh briefs
  • Snap and Velcro®-fastenings
  • 100% nylon
  • Machine wash

Style Notes: 

These swim trunks have a cool abstract pattern going on with muted colors that are perfect for the end of summer and beginning of fall seasons.

 

Givenchy | Slides

Details: 

  • Black, red and white rubber
  • Embossed designer emblems, rubber soles
  • Come with dust bag
  • Made in Italy

Style Notes: 

These iconic slides from Givenchy with the bright red accent stripe are definitely a bold option and will indubitably prevent you from fading into the background.

 

Quay | Sunnies 

Details: 

  • Polyethersulfone Frame
  • Polycarbonate Lenses
  • Steel Hinges
  • Metal Details
  • Width: 150mm
  • Height: 55mm
  • Nose Gap: 15mm
  • Lens Category 3

Style Notes: 

These shades from Quay (pronounced “key”) are a great on trend pair of shades to have in the wardrobe.

 

 

Casual Friday: The Icons

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This look takes some of the most iconic pieces from some of the worlds most iconic brands.

  1. Trench Coat – Burberry
  2. Tee Shirt – Gucci
  3. Denim “Track Pants” – Balmain
  4. Shoes – Christian Louboutin
  5. Sunglasses – Tom Ford

 

Burberry | Trench Coat

Details: 

  • Black cotton-gabardine
  • Plaid undercollar, epaulettes, belted cuffs, gun flap, rain guard, buttoned front pockets, detachable buckled belt, back vent, plaid lining
  • Double-breasted button fastenings
  • 100% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the UK

 

Style Notes:

One of the most iconic/recognizable jackets of all time. The Burberry trench is a wardrobe staple that is the definition of classic. This is the Kensington trench by Burberry which is the more modern updated version of their iconic trench. It cuts shorter than the original and has more of a tailored fit. The beige color of this jacket is perfect for this time of year and comes in handy during those rainier days.

 

Gucci | Tee Shirt

Details: 

 

  • Multicoloured cotton-jersey
  • Crew neck
  • 100% cotton
  • Hand wash
  • Made in Italy

 

Style Notes:

I’ve literally seen this shirt at all the major music festivals and literally all over my Instagram. At first glance my initial reaction was that this shirt was a children’s color by numbers project and I would have to politely pass on this one.. but.. now after seeing it so often on the right people.. I like it.. I think.. lol either way.. their is something simple, childish and fun about this shirt.

 

Balmain | Denim 

Details:

 

  • Faded-blue
  • 95% cotton, 5% polyurethane. Fabric 2: 97% cotton, 3% elastane.
  • Hand wash
  • Made in Italy
  • Mid-weight cotton-blend denim
  • Mid rise, slim leg cut close to the body, zip-fastening cuffs
  • Ribbed knee and back panels
  • Two front zip-fastening pockets, zip-fastening back patch pockets
  • Elasticated drawstring waistband, light-blue ties, silver-tone metal aglets
  • Silver-tone metal hardware
  • Slip on
  • SS17

 

Style Notes: 

I love Balmain. I have been following this label for a very long time now and I absolutely love what Olivier (Creative Director of Balmain) has done with the brand. Much like the Burberry Trench these biker jeans are incredibly iconic and some would argue that their biker jeans are what made Balmain famous.

 

Christian Louboutin | Shoes

Details:

 

  • Khaki-green
  • Calf leather
  • Made in Italy
  • Round toe, high top
  • Matte khaki-green spike embellished
  • Lace-up front, khaki-green laces
  • Khaki-green logo-appliqué badge
  • Nude leather lining and insole
  • Khaki-green rubber midsole
  • Signature red rubber sole

 

Style Notes: 

There is something very smart about a khaki colored shoe.. and it really is one of those more obscure color options that isn’t easily found in men’s shoes.

 

 

Tom Ford | Sunglasses

  • “CONNOR”
  • Shiny Rose Gold Metal
  • White Horn Acetate Browbar
  • Rose Gold “T” logo on the temples
  • Light Grey Blue Lenses
  • 100% UV Protection
  • Made in Italy

 

Style Notes:

These are definitely the style that is very much in right now. They are oversized and have more of that prescription look with the lighter tinted lenses.

 

 

 

Casual Friday: Military Inspired

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The military style is very much alive. Countless designer collections have pieces that have been indubitably inspired by the military look. From the actual pieces themselves (bomber jackets, cargo pants, aviator sunglasses, etc.) to the ever popular camouflage print, you can see that the military style has had a lasting impact/influence on the way we dress on a whole. Because this trend is so prevalent.. I decided to do put together an outfit based on this aesthetic.

  1. Overshirt – AMIRI
  2. Tee Shirt – Gucci
  3. Trousers – Balmain
  4. Jodhpur Boots – John Lobb
  5. Sunglasses – Gucci

 

AMIRI |Overshirt

Details:

  • Army-green cotton and cashmere-blend
  • Open collar, buttoned cuffs, chest buttoned flap pockets, multicoloured appliqués, raw hem
  • Button fastenings
  • 85% cotton, 15% cashmere
  • Dry clean

 

Style Notes: 

This piece reads very literal in that it looks like something someone would wear when serving in the military. This overshirt is perfect for the spring time or fall when the weather is a bit too warm for a parka but still you need an extra layer or two to be comfortable. I love that this piece is actually made out of 15% cashmere it gives an extra element of luxury to the fabric itself. Overall this is a classic extremely versatile addition to the modern man’s wardrobe.

 

Gucci | Tee Shirt

Details:

  • Multicolored cotton-jersey
  • Crew neck, multicoloured Donald Duck terry appliqué
  • 100% cotton
  • Hand wash
  • Made in Italy

 

Style Notes: 

Because the overshirt read so literal to the military style I wanted to shift gears and  have a little fun with the next piece in this look. Alessandro Michele (Gucci’s creative director since 2015) has just been killing it. He literally has breathed new life into the Gucci label. And while some of the pieces are a little far out there for my generally more conservative taste.. there are pieces such as this Donald Duck shirt that really reaches a happy medium and presents what fashion should be and that is fun/inspired.

 

Balmain | Trousers

Details:

 

  • Khaki-green
  • 95% cotton, 5% polyurethane.
  • Dry clean
  • Made in Italy
  • Khaki-green heavyweight denim
  • Mid rise, skinny leg, belt loops
  • Side gold-tone metal exposed-zip pockets
  • Back button-fastening jet pockets
  • Centre-front top-hook and concealed zip fastening

 

Style Notes: 

Balmain’s aesthetic is so deeply rooted in the military style. These olive trousers are very much in keeping with the heritage of the brand. They are a classic pair of chinos that have unique zippered side pockets. Now keep in mind that with any look you want to have one bolder statement piece and then tone everything else in the outfit down. Otherwise your look can become too busy. So in this look the Donald Duck shirt from Gucci was our statement piece and now everything that follows just compliments/frames that piece.

 

John Lobb | Jodhpur Boots

Details:

  • Tobacco suede
  • Leather linings and soles
  • Buckle fastening
  • Come with dust bags
  • Made in England

 

Style Notes: 

Theses sleek jodhpur boots (The jodhpur style boot was originally used for equestrian activities) are a nice modern touch to finish this look. The straps are subtle but give these boots an extra detail to make them special.

 

Gucci | Sunglasses 

Details:

 

  • Tonal-brown
  • Acetate and Optyl® plastic.
  • Made in Italy
  • Light tonal-brown tortoiseshell acetate aviator frame
  • Light gold-tone metal nose-bridge, top acetate bar
  • Light-brown logo-embossed mirrored tinted lenses
  • Slim tortoiseshell acetate coated metal arms, gold debossed designer logo
  • Light gold-tone core metal frame
  • 100% UV protection

 

 

Style Notes: 

This is a very classic sleek aviator style from Gucci. If you love the aviator look you are going to absolutely love these guys. What makes this pair special is that the tortoise shell finish is much lighter than most tortoise shell options out on the market. It makes the frame brighter and warmer.

 

Casual Friday: Free Spirited

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  1. Cardigan – Inis Meáin
  2. Collarless Cotton Shirt – Boglioli
  3. Distressed Denim – Saint Laurent
  4. Chelsea Boots – Bottega Veneta
  5. Sunglasses – Gucci

 

Inis Meáin | Cardigan

Details: 

 

  • Slate-Grey
  • 100% Linen.
  • Hand Wash
  • Country of Origin: Ireland
  • Mid-Weight Knit Linen
  • Notch Lapels, Long Sleeves, Dropped Shoulders
  • Ribbed-Knit Pocket Edge, Cuffs and Hem
  • Chest and Lower Slip Pockets
  • Centre-Front Button Fastening

 

 

Style Notes: 

This knit blazer is a cool more casual alternative to the traditional blazer. It keeps your look nice and put together without feeling too dressy. It’s a nice low-key layering piece that is great for spring or fall.

 

Boglioli | Collarless Cotton Shirt 

Details: 

 

  • Blue
  • 100% cotton.
  • Machine wash
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Lightweight Cotton
  • Collarless, Long Sleeves, Button-Fastening Cuffs
  • Front Pleated Bib
  • Side-Hemline Splits
  • Centre-Front Button Fastening

 

 

Style Notes: 

The light blue color is a nice fresh option for spring. The grand dad neckline is completely in right now and gives us guys more options than just a crew neck or collared shirt. The front detailing of this shirt gives the overall look some nice visual interest.

 

Saint Laurent | Distressed Denim 

Details: 

 

  • Black, Stretch-Cotton Denim
  • Mid Rise, Skinny Leg
  • Distressed Ripped Knees
  • Copper-Tone Metal Hardware
  • Classic Five Pockets, Belt Loops
  • Centre-Front Zip and Top-Button Fastening
  • 98% Cotton. 2% Elastane.
  • Dry Clean

 

 

 

Style Notes: 

The subtle distressing of these jeans give the look a nice edge with a healthy amount of character. Not to mention Saint Laurent does a killer job with a great fitting pair of skinny jeans.

 

Bottega Veneta | Chelsea Boots 

Details: 

 

  • Slate-grey
  • Calf suede
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Round Toe, Small Rubber Heel
  • Angular-Seamed Panels
  • Grey Elasticated Side Inserts
  • Suede Heel Pull Tab
  • Grey Leather Lining, Tan-Brown Leather Insole
  • Beige Rubber-Crepe Sole

 

Style Notes: 

Chelsea boots describe my personal style aspirations.. They literally require no effort to put on and make your outfit look effortlessly put together #thedream

 

Gucci | Aviators 

Details: 

  • Sleek Pilot Pair Elevated by Interlocking Logo Detail
  • 57mm Lens Width; 17mm Bridge Width; 140mm Temple Length
  • 100% UV Protection
  • Acetate/Metal
  • Made in Italy

Style Notes: 

An innovative new twist on an old cult classic. These are definitely a bold statement pair of sunglasses that will definitely get you noticed.

 

Casual Friday: Princetown

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I love style that has that perfect marriage between classy and effortless.

  1. Blazer – Dolce & Gabbana
  2. Tee Shirt – Orlebar Brown
  3. Denim – Alexander McQueen
  4. Princetown Shearling Loafers – Gucci
  5. Bracelet – Tom Ford

 

Dolce & Gabbana|Blazer 

Details: 

  • Black stretch-jersey
  • Notch lapels, functioning buttoned cuffs, embroidered chest patch pocket, two front patch pockets, back vent, two internal pockets, partially lined
  • Two button fastening
  • Dry clean
  • Mother-of-Pearl: Indonesia
  • Made in Italy

 

Style Notes: 

Two key things to note about this blazer: it’s made from a black stretch-jersey fabric #thedream, and it also has a subtle all blacked out embroidered pocket in the front to give the blazer that heritage feel. In short this is an incredibly versatile yet understated classic all black blazer.

 

Orlebar Brown|Classic White V-Neck Shirt

Details: 

  • White cotton-jersey
  • V-neck, designer emblem
  • 100% cotton
  • Machine wash

 

Style Notes: 

A solid white v-neck shirt is a wardrobe staple. Remember that not all classic white v-neck tees are created equally. Look for shirts that are cut well and flatter your body type as well as made from quality fabrics that won’t pill over time. You can use this type of shirt as a layering piece or under a tailored blazer (like in todays look) to make an outfit feel more casual and not as dressed up.

 

Alexander McQueen|Denim w/ Patch Detail

Details: 

 

  • Dark-blue
  • 98% cotton, 2% elastane.
  • Dry clean
  • Made in Italy
  • Faded-blue stretch-cotton denim
  • Mid rise, skinny leg
  • Classic five pockets, belt loops
  • Silver-tone metal hardware
  • Bronze and silver-tone metal and canvas military-badge appliqué
  • Back taupe-brown embroidered designer logo
  • Centre-front button and concealed zip fastening

 

Style Notes:

I’m all for participating in a trend.. just as long as it’s done tastefully. Patches have been on the rise and are currently one of the more popular trends out there. The reason why I love these Alexander McQueen jeans is that the “skinny fit” and the dark wash of the denim makes them incredibly flattering. I love how they didn’t go overboard with the patches as so many other designers have. You have the two patches in the front and one smaller patch on the back. The patches themselves were strategically/tastefully placed. Also note that the patches look expensive (not chintzy at all).. they aren’t random, they all go together coherently.

 

Gucci|Princetown Loafers

Details: 

 

  • Black
  • Smooth leather
  • Made in Italy
  • Almond Toe, Open Back
  • Antiqued Gold-Tone Metal Horsebit Front
  • Tonal-Brown Lamb-Shearling Insole and Lining
  • Tan-Brown Leather Sole

 

Style Notes:

Initially when I first saw these shoes.. I’m gonna be honest.. I didn’t like them at all.  However.. I started to see more people wearing them.. and then I started to see more male style bloggers on Instagram posting outfits wearing these exact shoes.. I don’t know if it’s because I kept seeing them around that they became more normal.. but long story short I now I awkwardly really love them. I even went to Bergdorf Goodman to pick up a pair for myself.. and let me just say that these shoes are incredibly comfortable.

 

Tom Ford | Bracelet

Details:

  • 18K Gold
  • Made in Italy

 

Style Notes:

Just a nice sleek minimalistic designed bracelet that you could wear with a suit or along with your boardies out on the beach.

 

Casual Friday: COUCOU PARIS

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This look is composed of modern day classic pieces that truly go the distance.

  1. Biker Jacket – Saint Laurent
  2. Tee Shirt – AMI
  3. Denim – Tiger of Sweden
  4. Suede Ankle Boots – Saint Laurent
  5. Aviators – Gucci

 

Saint Laurent | Classic Biker Jacket

Details: 

  • 100% Lambskin
  • Cupro & Cotton Sateen Lining
  • Asymmetrical Zip Closure
  • Snap Closure Flap Pocket
  • Deconstructed Metal Interlocking YSL Signature at Pocket
  • Waistband Loops & Zip Cuffs
  • 3 Zip Pockets
  • 2 Interior Pockets
  • Triangular Studs on Lapel
  • Epaulets
  • Style ID 469973YC1EA1081
  • Made in Italy

 

Style Notes:

Biker Jackets are incredibly versatile and are perfect for the guy who wants to look effortlessly cool without having to spend heaps of time mixing and matching. Key things to look for in a biker jacket are cut and unique detailing (for example: distressing, embellishments, appliqués, or detailed stitching to name a few).

What makes this Saint Laurent biker jacket special are all of the insane details put into it. From the metal studs strategically placed on the lapel and collar to give the jacket a little edge.. to the deconstructed metal YSL signature on the side pocket, this jacket is the perfect blend of classic with a fresh modern edgy twist.

 

AMI | Coucou Paris Tee Shirt

Details: 

 

  • White
  • 100% cotton.
  • CARE: Machine wash
  • PLACE OF ORIGIN: EU
  • Lightweight cotton-jersey
  • Crew neck, short sleeves
  • Navy flocked ‘Coucou Paris’ appliqué on chest
  • Ribbed-jersey neckline
  • Slip on

 

Style Notes:

It’s always nice to have some fun with your wardrobe. I absolutely love the look and  the saying on this AMI shirt. “Coucou” is a French colloquialism and on the shirt translates to “Hello Paris.”

 

 

Tiger of Sweden | Denim

Details: 

  • 92% Cotton, 6% Elastomultiester and 2% Elastane
  • Button and zipper fly closure
  • Five pocket design
  • Belt loops at waist
  • Ankle Width 27 cm in size 31/32
  • Slim fit
  • Made in Italy

 

Style Notes: 

Scandinavian brands invented the recipe for a killer pair of skinny jeans (and yes I may be slightly biased). This pair of skinnies from Tiger of Sweden are no disappointment. From the flattering cut, to the dark wash stretch fabric, these jeans are a staple that you can dress up for a night out or dress them down for running errands around town.

 

Saint Laurent | Suede Ankle Boots

Details:

  • Light Camel Brown
  • Suede
  • Made in Italy
  • Almond Toe, Small Stacked Heel
  • Wraparound Leather Buckle Fastening
  • Stitched Leather Welt
  • Tan-brown leather lining and insole
  • Brown leather sole

 

Style Notes:

These suede ankle boots are the perfect marriage between youthful and sophisticated. Perfect when paired with a pair of dark denim skinny jeans (like in todays look) but just as nice when paired with a fitted pair of chinos or a smart pair of fitted trousers.

 

Sunglasses | Aviators 

Details:

  • Black acetate frame with dark ruthenium metal nose bridge
  • Black injected temples with Web detail
  • Green lens
  • Glasses come with a velvet hard case, accompanied by a matching satin flannel pouch and ivory microfiber cloth.
  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • GG0015S

 

Style Notes:

If your go to style in sunglasses is an aviator shape.. you are absolutely going to obsess over these. I love the subtle details that makes these sunglasses unique and just noticeably different. Not to mention the style is sharp and slightly oversized to give you that mysterious celebrity allure.