HarDior, not tardier

There’s this laid-back vibe with Dior Homme’s Fall 2017 collection that has a certain appeal. All the models exude this ‘too cool for school’ vibe and the layered looks don’t feel stuffy, but purposeful. To be honest, this model ‘gang’ look like they could throw some serious punches if provoked. hehs.

Jokes aside, the collection looks sharp and relaxed. Think this feeling is amplified by the styling – messy/lightly-styled  hair, sneakers and boots as well these boxy visor-glasses. In terms of my favourite looks, I especially like the stitching detail of the first look (below), and the bright orange lining of the trench in the second.

And can we just ogle at these glasses for a moment please…

All I can say is that these models are really werqing these babies. Because I think I’d be soooo self-conscious if I was waiting at a train station with these on. And how big would the case be?!

Credits: runway images, Dior via Safilo Group

Virtual Gifting Part 2 – The Norse Store

Hi, I’m Alan, Jo’s boyfriend, and today she’s creating my wishlist. And while Jo was picking out my virtual gifts, she ran up quite a list of do’s and don’ts for her selection criteria:

“Alan’s way of dress basically moved from utilitarian (just to put some clothes for the sake of social norms) to utilitarian (heavy worker sort of hardy, well-made, smart-casual). Under this mish-mashed silhouette are bits of British suiting, American/ Japanese workwear, Scandinavian cleanliness, Red Indian motifs and the occasional exaggerated shape.”

“He has a penchant for denim – so I’m steering clear of all permutations of it, since it is risky business for me to choose and his wardrobe already has too many counts of it. I’m looking out for things that are cool but a little off-centre, safe but not quite what you have yet, stuff you may like but may not buy for yourself. Thank goodness this is all virtual, and price is not a consideration!”

I’ve got a penchant for denim? Really? All I’ve always wanted was a nice pair of jeans. I don’t have too many counts; it’s justifiable if you wear it often! Right? But I’m down for anything that’s interesting that isn’t what I would usually wear or buy. I’ve picked Norse Store, because I like their aesthetic inclinations. It might be the exchange semester still wearing off on me, or just that I find them to be a good balance of function and fancy.

Pick #1:

“You like my striped jumper, so I supposed you’ll love this…?”
I like the stripes! Seems nicely fitted at the torso, with baggier sleeves and a nice length for the ribbed cuff so I think it’ll form a nice taper. mmm. Wool.

Pick #2:

“A pullover in a zany, irregular pattern to complement your recent flannels and checks”
Crazy pattern and colours and TEXTURE! Would love to wear this and see it get fuzzier and completely whacked!

Pick #3:

“Sorry I made a mistake on your belt size in the Corter Leather order! Can I make up for it with this imaginary gift of another nice, tan leather belt?”
Yes, but if you do, don’t get this one. I like the narrower width, but I’ve been having my eye on other belts.

Pick #4:

“I think a bag is more important than you think cos you carry one EVERYWHERE. There’s wool, which reminds me of tweed, natural leather straps that you’ll love to see wear, and an expandable main compartment for everything you carry.”
You know my penchant for more offbeat yuketen stuff well. How to not love something so solid and eccentric?

Pick #5:

This is absurd and something you’d like but not buy for yourself because it’s just… absurd.”
This. With tie-dyed harem pants, and that pullover in #2. Absurd outfit complete.

A very interesting mix of picks, dabbling with lots of leather and wool I see. I like all of them! Especially #1, cept I might just melt wearing it once the rainy season ends. You ought to be relieved that the price isn’t a consideration because I doubt I’d be able to justify these purchases myself. But of course, if you’re able to justify them, well, no one’s stopping you…

– Alan

For the unfairer sex

Hello there! I’m Alan, friend of the wottoncool girls, and Jo’s boyfriend.

I’ll be writing for wottoncool fortnightly, sharing my thoughts and observations on fashion and shopping for the unfairer sex that is, us guys. Now, I don’t study style.com and runway shows and I’d never consider myself as someone who’s “in-the-know” (and last I checked… neither do the girls), but I do believe that guys care about what they wear and enjoy it too.

This isn’t about dressing to impress and I’m not gonna (and am not qualified to) give you any advice you can procure from a magazine. It’s just about you and how you like to portray yourself with what you wear; just a cool, regular, dude.

Hopefully we discover something new through this exchange and make some sense of cool shops, our wardrobes and the ever tempting online retailers.

A little bit about myself, just before we get started. I’m a sucker for nice pants and shoes. It’s not that I have anything against shirts but I tend to prefer basic tops with nice pants and if I’m in the mood, happy shoes. Naturally I possess some introverted ones but since my shirt and pants are usually monochrome or some form of heather – I figure a little colour on my feet would make me more approachable.

Here I wear my month-old (and unwashed!) elephant selvedge denim from Naked & Famous, with suede boat shoes from the Timberland outlet at Biscester Village.

I like my checks and stripes but it’s really the to-die-for denim and boat shoes that send my heart racing. I appreciate quality and I tend to find that pants and shoes are generally better made than shirts. They’re the ones who take the brunt of your movement after all and shirts just need to look pretty (feel free to debate..). Sure there are some finely-crafted tops out there, especially jackets and cardigans but in our godforsaken weather, I’d take an easy lightweight shirt any time. In any case, pants got Will Smith a job!

Maybe I’m just stuck in a shirt rut. Do you have a preference for pants? Are you a sucker for shoes? Or do you feel strongly about shirts? Do tell!