Black bomber jacket / Mono printed t-shirt / Black Skinny Jeans / well-worn Converse

‘The modern painter cannot express his age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of Renaissance or of any past culture. Each age finds its own technique’ – Jackson Pollock, 1950

You could say that there are two big ‘tribes’ in menswear online: streetwear hypebeasts and #menswear peacocks. Neither of these scenes particularly appeal to me, but they did provide a hell of a lot of interesting context when I began to learn about men’s fashion (I was not a natural). I have however taken something from that reading: the appreciation of details.* Maintaining your stuff is one thing, keeping everything ‘pristine’ for the sake of it is another. So this is very much the kind of thing I wear everyday.

My printed-tee is an old SPRZ-NY Jackson Pollock piece from Japanese fast-fashion brand Uniqlo**. I am a huge fan of Jackson Pollock – we made our own action art piece in our garden last summer with left over paints and a fresh white canvas. What I love about this item is that it’s got a real ‘pop’ to it, yet it’s completely monochromatic. It’s a common error to assume that colour = personality, and that a lack of colour = no personality.

My black bomber jacket and skinny jeans are a classic combination. To be honest the bomber is one piece I would like to ‘upgrade’ (more on that idea later), but I’m determined to wear it out. It works just as well with a casual outfit like this, or layered over a smarter merino wool polo/roll-neck for when I go to a meeting.

Lastly, the reason why I was talking so much about everyday ‘details’ is that I cannot get enough of how good my old Converse Jack Purcell sneakers look after I have generally ‘beat them up’. Dog walking, football, general wear and tear has added a cool patina to what were a seldom worn item outside of the hottest days.

From my capsule wardrobe:

‘Formal’ Bomber Jacket by Selected Homme.

Jackson Pollock printed tee by Uniqlo.

Black skinny organic cotton jeans, Tube Tom fit, by Nudie Jeans (now discontinued).

White canvas Converse Jack Purcell trainers.

*This kind of fashion I am talking about is that of the dandy in a postmodern society. While a man posing for photos at Pitti Uomo is obsessed with their own sense of what ‘details’ mean (code for ‘ways to show off / stand out’), I see the details in my wardrobe as coming from wearing my stuff a lot

** Fast fashion is completely unsustainable and something I no longer support with my money; but I see no shame in getting the most wear we can out of pieces we already have from these companies.

Site news: I’m investigating making the move to a hosted blog service. In only 3 months I have connected with some incredible bloggers like Ironic Minimalist and Tartan Brunette (et al.). I want my content to be as accessible and beautiful as theirs so that I can, in-turn, inspire others to enter the world of minimalist fashion blogging.

Grey marl graphic sweatshirt / Skinny Jeans / White sneakers

 

This is the kind of versatile OOTD that looks like it’s been created in seconds. The simplicity of a minimalist wardrobe means this is pretty much true, because I wear this combination often. What is aesthetically appealing about an outfit like this is that it’s minimal but with plenty of visual interest. So while this look may appear effort-free, it took me a long time to appreciate what goes into executing this kind of modern, yet classic, casual outfit. My capsule wardrobe, and the belief that I could be genuinely stylish without “fancy” clothes, definitely started to come together when I began putting the effort into my casual outfits more than smart/smart-casual. Now I tend to shun the #menswear blazer: a perfect sweatshirt is my best mate.

You’ll find me in an outfit like this almost any chance I can get. Finding the perfect jeans, the perfect sweatshirt, the perfect shoes is a harder task than it sounds. Here I’ve got items from French, Swedish and Italian brands, all of which pride themselves in quality but without shouty logos. The texture/depth of the grey marl and indigo dyes; the supple white leather of the sneakers; the embroidered ‘Yes Paris’ print.

Throw on whatever jacket required and this can be worn most of the year, especially if the footwear needs to be swapped for whatever reason; remove the sweatshirt and it’s a stereotypical white-tee and blue-jeans ensemble.

 

From my capsule wardrobe:

Past-season ‘Yes Paris’ Sweatshirt by A.P.C.

Plain white tee by ASOS.

Indigo organic cotton skinny jeans, ‘Tube Tom’ fit by Nudie Jeans (now discontinued)

White sneakers – Common Projects ‘Original Achilles Low’

 

Photo shot and processed by VSCO on iPhone 5C

Moving forward. I’ve bought a tripod, and a Podcast?

Don’t worry Minimaldrobers. I’ve not forgotten about this place. February was a busy month for me, and March is too.

I’ve invested in a tripod so that I can take OOTD pics on my own and not have to rely on amateurish mirror photos. Better that than buying a t-shirt, or something I already own.

Moving forward I have some ideas for projects, including a possible Podcast about capsule wardrobes / minimalist fashion and style. If anyone would be interested, don’t hesitate to contact me.

My favourite things- January 2017

This post is all about possessions and experiences that made the first month of 2017 memorable. Living minimally, intentionally, etc., is definitely not about deprivation so this is going to be a monthly way for me to chronicle the everyday things that I have found super useful and fulfilling.

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My #5lookschallenge on Instagram – and why layering is so important

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Capsule wardrobes are all about versatile items, but they are also a way of living sustainably and refusing the “real cost” of fast fashion.

This week on Instagram I have been uploading outfits using 5 different items from my wardrobe, in response to People Tree’s #5lookschallenge on social media. This challenge was clearly designed with women in mind, so I’ve had to adapt the rules a bit (which were 3 pieces, worn over 5 days, with 1 piece of jewellery and 1 accessory to create 5 distinct outfits). Firstly, I didn’t count my shoes, but I did use the same pair in each outfit. Secondly, other than a watch – which I personally don’t count – I don’t wear jewellery. Finally, I took all the pictures at once – I wouldn’t wear a t-shirt 5 days in a row, I’d have swapped that layer each day for a grey, black, or slate-grey t-shirt. I’m afraid men are at a distinct disadvantage in a “5×5” challenge like this, because unless you don’t count certain items you can easily use 5-6 in one outfit (i.e. a t-shirt, a layer like a sweatshirt, a jacket, jeans, an accessory and/or shoes). For this reason I’m strongly considering the un-fancy 10×10 challenge (10 items, 10 days) for another post here on WordPress and series on Instagram. Give some thoughts and experiences below vis-a-vis 10×10.

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Western check shirt / skinny jeans / boots

This is an easy to wear look which I have worn on dozens of occasions. It’s simple to put together, and relies solely on the quality and fit of the pieces involved. There’s no stressing on silly details like clashing prints or co-ordinating difficult colours, so what’s left is the silhouette and what the weather/occasion is. When I go out I like my silhouette to be sharp, but not ultra-skinny. This is a style that personally makes me feel at ease, but still confident and cool. This post covers 2 ways of wearing this outfit, with and without layering.

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