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It’s already mid-september but let’s not let the summer go just yet as it still seems to be almost 20°C outside. And as I guess the summer will come again eventually - it’s just a right time to take one more look at some summer gear before paying all the attention to fall and winter. On the other hand - it might be only Finland where it’s getting colder.

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Driving moccasin - a shoe for multiple occasions

Even though driving loafers (as they name suggests) might have a history and origin as a shoe for one specific purpose (driving the car), one might nowadays claim that by choosing the right model and wearing it properly, driving mocs are a shoe type that can go a long way in the wardrobe and be worn with more outfits ranging from casual to more dressed up than any other summer shoe, including for example boat shoes, sneakers and other loafers.

They might not be formal enough to be worn for the most formal business meetings but they are certainly dressed up enough to be worn with your cotton suit in the office or for a dinner in restaurant together with a blazer and a tie. They are easy to just put on feet when heading to the grocery store and they are definitely one of the most comfortable choices of footwear for traveling. They can be nicely paired with denim and a button-up and finally they are just the right choice when you are heading out to the beach wearing just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. 

Just remember one thing - whatever you wear your driving mocs with, you really need to wear them without socks. 

As mentioned in this post about French shoe manufacturer Bexley - I got the chance to check and try out a few pairs from their range of loafers and moccasins. First in line is a pair of sand colored suede Bahama driving mocs - combined here with a navy blue blazer, denim shirt, light brown raw silk tie and white cotton slacks. 

imageDriving mocs are a good choice whenever you need to go between formal and casual. For example a drink with a friend or a lunch in the city.

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One weekend again behind and new week ahead. Started the flannel season on Friday (as can be seen here) and continuing it today by wearing my favorite Mabro blazer (made of Vitale Barberis flannel) for the first time this fall. 

Otherwise going with pretty toned down shades - light denim shirt together with burgundy grenadine tie from Viola Milano and darker grey flannel trousers to keep the balance on the bottom half.

The adelaide oxfords by Alfred Sargent are also one of my favorite pairs for business use - beginning to get some nice patina already.

Blazer: Mabro Shirt: Schoffa (mtm) Trousers: Filippa K

Tie: Viola Milano PS: Berg&Berg Shoes: Alfred Sargent

I’ve been really bad and lazy in terms of answering questions but I will try to mend my way on this. I will actually start going through the questions on weekly basis and have every Sunday a round-up of the questions with answers. So if you have something in mind - please feel free to shoot!

And starting with a few couple of questions I’ve got just recently.

Q: “I love the shine on your shoes! What method do you use to take care of / shine them?”

A:

First of all, thanks for this! Although I need to admit that for a while now I haven’t been really active in terms of polishing my shoes. For some reason I’ve more and more into the idea that just basic brushing and wiping with a soft cloth after use are enough to keep them in balance. And then I just let them age and get some patina…

So the most important thing to do for myself - every time after the use I take the pair and brush off the dirt from the uppers and from the soles before putting the shoe trees in and setting the shoes back to rack. And most of times when I take the shoes from the rack in the morning I give them a little wiping with a soft cotton cloth.

For polishing I’ve managed by mainly following the instructions by AFPOS that can be found from here.

To put it shortly - this how I do it.

  1. Brush off the dirt.
  2.  Use the renovator - to condition and moisturize the leather. Applying this with a soft cotton cloth - leaving it for a couple of minutes and then brushing / polishing it off.
  3. After that I use the Pate de Luxe-wax polishes by Saphir, water and soft cotton cloth - going through the shoe piece by piece 
  • Take a soft rag and stretch it over your index and middle finger. Twist the loose ends of cloth until the material is taut over the fingers. Hold the twisted ends as a ball between the thumb and forefinger of the same hand.
  • Put a little water into the lid of the polish tin and dip your rag-covered fingers into it to moisten. Put a little shoe polish on the rag and rub onto the leather using small circular movements without using a lot of pressure. Rub on the same spot until you feel a hardening of the wax and slowly a greasy shine should begin to appear.
  • If this is not the case after about 15 seconds of regular circular rubbing, take a little more wax, dip your fingers in water and repeat the procedure.
  • If the wax still remains soft and you still cannot feel any change, then wait for 30 seconds, take a little more cleaning water and re-work the same spot. When a shine has appeared in one spot, begin with the next. When you have covered the whole shoe in this manner, then lay the next layer over it using more water, less wax and even less pressure. In order to remove the last fine smears the shoe is lightly rubbed with a damp cloth.

So this is mainly how I do it myself.

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To start the week one more set of pics from our trip to Barcelona - featuring a sport coat combination I wore for an evening when we headed out for dinner at the beach in a restaurant called Bestial (definitely worth a recommendation). As most of my outfits during the vacation consisted of shorts and casual button-up shirts (with the sleeves rolled up), this was actually the only time I wore a tie during the whole trip. 

Wearing a light weight, unstructured silk-wool sport coat by Pal Zileri - spread collar denim shirt from Massimo Dutti and high-waisted mtm-trousers from Herrainpukimo. 

To keep the ensemble casual and relaxed but still dressed up to be appropriate for a bit more finer dinner a silk knit-tie from Drake’s London and suede loafers (as well as the pocket square) by Christian Kimber. Bracelets from Viola Milano & DCI Sweden.

For more WIWT-post - check here.

For more pics - @dresslikea / instagram.

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Earlier this week I wrote shortly about sport coats for fall and winter (you can find the post here). As I know that most of the jackets featured in the first part can be beyond reach for many thanks to high prices, I decided to take a quick look to some options suitable in case looking a blazer with a bit lower budget.

Fact is that there are not many brands / manufacturers making quality sport coats with a low retail price. SuitSupply is one and then there’s brands such as Land’s End, J.Crew, Club Monaco, Massimo Dutti and Boggi but some of these can be hard to get in case you are living in certain countries and in some it’s at least arguable if the quality really is on pair with the retail price after all.

So basically the option is either to wait for sales (and take the risk that you might not get the jacket you wanted in the first place) or to try and look for websites (outlets) selling pieces (from mainly previous collections) with prices much more affordable.

For shops worth taking a look - check here. There is also a thread @tyylit.fi-forum where there’s listed multiple web shops with great selection. Finding the right piece might be a bit more hard this way but it will sure be rewarding. One of the negative things regarding these sites is that based on the pics they’ve got you can never know how the garments will really look or how it should fit. So my advice is to stay with the labels / brands you already know and minimize the risks.

Finally picked 5 different options available with a budget under 400 euros.

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Who says one can’t wear light shades during fall and winter? A jacket featuring 3-roll-2 buttoning, soft shoulders and mix of cotton and wool together with herringbone pattern goes perfectly with corduroy or a bit more heavier cotton slacks. 

Brando via Yoox

imageIf you are on budget, one option is to try to find a suit where the jacket and trousers can be also used as separates. If you choose to go on this path try to avoid suits with heavily padded and strongly constructed jackets, light (worsted) wool fabrics or “business-oriented” patterns such as chalk or pinstripes.

It’s also good to remember that with this option you might run into the problem of your pants and jacket soiling and wearing at different rates which could in the end make them impossible to wear as a suit. And that’s something you don’t want.

A good option in case looking a “casual suit” that goes for office but can be used as separates could be a blue one made of wool and featuring a subtle check pattern and patch pockets. 

Hudson fit by SuitSupply

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About a month ago together with a few friends we got this idea of taking part for a happening called Tough Viking - now being organized for the first time in Helsinki. Although I wasn’t’ suppose to be in the team in the first place as I got the weekend already scheduled for other things but in the end it seems that in a couple of hours I will be participating for this run after all. 

12km run and 15 obstacles including ice water, mud, fire, monkey bars, american football players and electricity… 

To read more - check the part I, II and III @tyylit.fi.

Throwback - last days of vacation x fwstockholm
Before getting back at work this week, got to spent few days last week in Sweden checking out the Stockholm fashion week. More importantly (or basically the reason why I headed to Stockholm in the first place) got the invite and chance to participate the launch party of Eton x Eidos-collection (more about that coming later this week) - great collection and great people.
For the launch decided that it was also time for the first wear of roll necks this season. For the whole last winter I looked for a cream / off-white sweater until I found this one in May (made by Sand) - a perfect choice to balance the grey double-breasted herringbone suit by Rose&Born and the snuff suede mto-loafers from Meermin. I might have worn socks as well but did not pack a pair with me for the trip - so went without.
Suit: Rose&Born Roll neck: Sand Shoes: Meermin
Shades: Balenciaga Bracelet: DCI Sweden Throwback - last days of vacation x fwstockholm
Before getting back at work this week, got to spent few days last week in Sweden checking out the Stockholm fashion week. More importantly (or basically the reason why I headed to Stockholm in the first place) got the invite and chance to participate the launch party of Eton x Eidos-collection (more about that coming later this week) - great collection and great people.
For the launch decided that it was also time for the first wear of roll necks this season. For the whole last winter I looked for a cream / off-white sweater until I found this one in May (made by Sand) - a perfect choice to balance the grey double-breasted herringbone suit by Rose&Born and the snuff suede mto-loafers from Meermin. I might have worn socks as well but did not pack a pair with me for the trip - so went without.
Suit: Rose&Born Roll neck: Sand Shoes: Meermin
Shades: Balenciaga Bracelet: DCI Sweden Throwback - last days of vacation x fwstockholm
Before getting back at work this week, got to spent few days last week in Sweden checking out the Stockholm fashion week. More importantly (or basically the reason why I headed to Stockholm in the first place) got the invite and chance to participate the launch party of Eton x Eidos-collection (more about that coming later this week) - great collection and great people.
For the launch decided that it was also time for the first wear of roll necks this season. For the whole last winter I looked for a cream / off-white sweater until I found this one in May (made by Sand) - a perfect choice to balance the grey double-breasted herringbone suit by Rose&Born and the snuff suede mto-loafers from Meermin. I might have worn socks as well but did not pack a pair with me for the trip - so went without.
Suit: Rose&Born Roll neck: Sand Shoes: Meermin
Shades: Balenciaga Bracelet: DCI Sweden

Throwback - last days of vacation x fwstockholm

Before getting back at work this week, got to spent few days last week in Sweden checking out the Stockholm fashion week. More importantly (or basically the reason why I headed to Stockholm in the first place) got the invite and chance to participate the launch party of Eton x Eidos-collection (more about that coming later this week) - great collection and great people.

For the launch decided that it was also time for the first wear of roll necks this season. For the whole last winter I looked for a cream / off-white sweater until I found this one in May (made by Sand) - a perfect choice to balance the grey double-breasted herringbone suit by Rose&Born and the snuff suede mto-loafers from Meermin. I might have worn socks as well but did not pack a pair with me for the trip - so went without.

Suit: Rose&Born Roll neck: Sand Shoes: Meermin

Shades: Balenciaga Bracelet: DCI Sweden

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In the morning it was time to head back to office after three weeks of vacation. Ended up making it easy and playing safe by going with my favorite suit from Caruso together with some subtle shades of blue for shirt and tie. It was nice to be on vacation but it’s also good to be back at work.

Suit: Caruso Shirt: Isaia Napoli (mtm) TIe: Berg&Berg

Shoes: Crockett&Jones PS: Eton of Sweden

Back home after great trips to Barcelona and Stockholm - more about those later. It’s been pretty quiet at the blog but time to get back on track here as well as the fall keeps coming.

Earlier this week I got featured @ Yhden miehen tyyli - a blog by Finnish writer Jani Niipola (who is also the man behind the book Vapaa Tyyli - probably the best men’s style book written in Finnish).

In the summer Jani got me answering few questions and my thoughts can now be read from here. They are in Finnish but I guess google translator will help in case it seems to hard to understand…

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Photos by Elina Simonen.

Wearing:

Suit: Rose&Born Shirt: Kamakura : Tie: Arcuri Cravatte via Linkson Jack

Shoes: Alfred Sargent via AFPOS Watch: Larsson&Jennings

Wallet: Chester Mox Bracelets: Viola Milano

Thanks a lot for this Jani and Elina.

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A few quick shots from this morning - taken at our hotel before heading to the airport and back to Helsinki. 

Been busy as trying to unpack and pack the bags again for tomorrow as we continue to Stockholm to see the Fashion week and especially the launch of Eidos Napoli x Eton of Sweden new collaboration. More about that in the end of the week.

Sport coat: Lardini Shirt: Ralph Lauren Trousers: Finealta

Driving mocs: Bexley Bracelets: Viola Milano

To see what’s up in Stockholm and for more pics - instagram / facebook

Heading just nowto Barcelona for vacation for few days…

For updates from Spain check and follow on instagram @dresslikea. And in case you’re interested in having overload of pics in terms of our trip - check out and follow @mhsandberg as well.

And some recent pics via the IG-account where I actually am much more active at least in terms of wiwt-pics than what I’ve been here…

What I wore last weekend: Jacket by Pal Zileri, mtm-trousers from Herrainpukimo, Gran Sasso shirt and Christian Kimber suede loafers.

Our new apartment we moved into last week is about ready. And it’s looking pretty good…

Fabric for a new mtm-suit in the making by Vaatturiliike Sauma.

And here we go - heading to Barcelona.

Suitsupply has just launched the the first selection of their upcoming fall and winter collection for pre-order. According to Suitsupply’s head designer Murray Coetzee, the team looked to the past for inspiration to create a collection that combines the archives of some of Italy’s finest fabric producers. Patterns in the collection range from subtle checks and bold windowpanes to classic houndstooth and are featured trough the whole range from suits, coats, shirts, ties and even in the outerwear pieces. In addition to patterns there are multiple plays by textures and fabrics that range from luxe cashmere blends all the way to hardy tweeds.

In terms of colors the collection is build on hard play with the shades of blue ranging from bold Neapolitan blues to deep navy tones with accents that run the gamut from rich shades of burnt orange to ochre, oxblood, and forest green. 

All in all there are multiple pieces and combinations that attracts interest. Although the selection for pre-order as well as the preview of the collection relies heavily on the bold standout pieces there are still many simple and plain - classic pieces that are easy to adapt one’s wardrobe - even for them who are not yet hardy (or dandy) enough to go out wearing the three-piece suits featuring big plaids or “look-at-me” checks.

As I know there are many who have wait for this collection I also picked out some of my personal favorites and pieces that caught my eye.

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