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Starting this week with the second part of short "series" - how to combine casual footwear - including three sets of wearing different kind of loafers, partly in collaboration with French shoemaker Bexley. 

Fall is probably the best season for layering as the weather starts to get a bit colder especially during mornings and evenings but most of days are still warm and sunny. By wearing gilets, scarfs and light weight sweaters or cardigans it’s easy to balance between keeping oneself warm enough and maintaining easy adaptability in case the temperature keeps rising to higher readings. I personally tend to go pretty well into the autumn without socks if possible which makes it even more important to keep my upper body adequately dressed.

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Chukka boots are one of the most versatile shoe types there is for men. A simple shoe that is easily adaptable for different styles and occasions. Chukkas can also be considered as one of the only models one can basically wear throughout the whole year, no matter the weather.

Wrote earlier this week about chukka boots - check the full write-up @tyylit.fi

imageWearing my favorite pair of chukkas from Italian Sutor Mantellassi. 

Different chukka for different use

Depending what you’re after there are a lot of different options to choose from. First there’s soft unlined chukkas like the ones made by Alden that are more robust but so soft and buttery that wears almost like a slipper. The lack of leather lining inside makes the upper more malleable and breathable, making them feel much like a canvas shoe. These kind of chukkas are definitely at their best when paired with denim or more casual chinos and other cotton trousers.

imageUnlined Alden chukka boots made for  Drake’s London. 

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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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Shot at the streets of Shoreditch in London and in their own factory facilities at No.3 Haberdasher Street, the fall and winter look book of Drake’s London pays tribute to the area’s rich heritage in textile production. The look book portrays the spirit of Drake’s by being simple yet effective, understated but still elegant and featuring whole range of casual wear, tailored garments and naturally full set of accessories.

The collection itself features outstanding patterns, textures and colors - all effortlessly combined together in the outfits of the look book. In case one needs guidance on how to match colors and patterns - this set of photos is a good piece to start with. Although, if you wanna stay on the safe side of the road - be careful with those colorful socks.

Picked a few of my personal favorites from the look book.

imagePeacoat combined with denim and roll neck sweater - all in shades of blue keeps it casual but still classic. Sand colored suede (together with the purple in socks) brings a nice touch of refreshment here.

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imageNice play here with brown, green, blue and purple. Harmony without clashing.

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imageLightweight, wool, wool-silk and wool-cashmere scarves with bold prints could be described as a “trademark” of Drake’s. Also definitely one of my favorite pieces of the collection together with the printed and eye-catching pocket squares.

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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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The sport coat is probably the most variable garment in men’s wardrobe - if you just choose the right one. It’s respectable and decent but not stuffy, it can usually be dressed up or down quite easily depending on how one pairs it and there’s hardly a circumstance for which a sport coat not appropriate.

To put it shortly, there are some points to consider when looking for a jacket. There shouldn’t be any pulls or puckers along the front or back of the jacket when wearing it, the sleeves should be free of any ripples when the arms are naturally hanging down, and the jacket should in general have clean lines all around. These “rules” apply no matter if you are looking for the most formal suit jacket or just a casual sport coat.

As it’s already September and most of the shops have got the new fall / winter collections to their selection, decided to take a quick look of 5 different options for the f/w rotation - basically five different jackets that could take you through the whole season. There’s no particular order in terms of style and color but if you don’t really have a wide selection of sport coats at the closet yet and are considering to build the wardrobe little by little (which is recommendable) - start from the top and go down piece by piece.

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The navy blazer is an evergreen and can not be missed whenever one is listing sport coats for any occasion. For more casual wear (and to pair with denim & casual cotton or wool slacks) one might go for a bit more lightweight, unlined and even a bit “washed” look like in this Boglioli K-Jacket made of merino wool. The lightness of fabric makes this piece suitable for almost year-around from early fall till the last days of spring.

Boglioli via Frans Boone store

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Green is often undervalued when it comes to colors of sport coats. It might be a bit too much for a full suit (unless you don’t have a wide enough rotation) but as a sport coat (the darker) shades of green are very functional and suitable, especially for fall and winter season. Wool / silk mix gives a little bit texture for the jacket and the patch pockets keeps it on the casual side of range. Pair with an off-white roll neck sweater, denim and suede chukka boots. 

Isaia via Oger

imageBoldly patterned sport coats are the one of only areas where men can be safely daring. Also a nice pattern as checks or windowpane can help making a simple tailored jacket a lot more versatile, and as long the design is traditional and the color of the jacket is kept fairly conservative there’s no problem to pull off these pieces. This brown Gaiola Napoli jaceket featuring slight check / windowpane and three patch pockets would be perfect to match with light grey flannel trousers, light blue button-up and a brown cashmere tie.

Gaiola via Linnegatan 2

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One of the best - or well, the best thing that has come into my life through #menswear and blogging is the opportunity to meet new people and making new friends. Giving the fact most of guys are living in different parts of the world you might not see them very often but there are guys you come to be friends for good.

I started my tumblr late 2011 and in fact at that time I could not even dream about the experiences or people it would bring along. One of the “earliest memories” in terms of my tumblr relates to Pitti Uomo 82 which was the first fair in Florence I ever took part. I remember that a bit before the trip I got a message via tumblr from a guy who at that time used to keep a blog called aneapolitandream (now dreams I MADhouse), a known blog for every guy following menswear - kept by Agyesh Madan, also earlier director of product development of Isaia. The message itself was an invitation for a lunch hold at the Isaia stand during the fair - not that big of a deal when you put it like this but for a guy who did not know almost anyone in the industry and who was just writing his own blog in Finland it was kind of nice to “get noticed” by one of the most inspiring men in this field, from a guy whose pictures had been used as a source for inspiration multiple times.

Since June 2012 a lot has happened and nowadays I’m happy to know this man - who also is one of the most humble, sincere and genuine guys I’ve got the honor to be dealing with - and be able to call him a friend. Although some things hasn’t change - still this guy is one of the most inspiring people in the field, a guy one can learn a lot from by taking a look at the person, proportions, fit and especially combining and use of texture, materials and colors by him. His thoughts of style really comes real in him. As he puts it himself “style is just better left undefined, it’s this intersection of comfort, ease in one’s way of life and pure enjoyment. It shines through, irrespective of what one is wearing.” And definitely - it shines through.

Recently Agyesh was kind enough to take his time and answer few questions I had in mind. Check below his thoughts - read and learn.

"Style is not a beginning or an end, just a state of continuous evolvement with who you are, where you are and what you are doing."

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Today taking a look at the fall and winter collection of Norwegian Berg&Berg, a company known for producing quality accessories and knitwear with a reasonable price tag which has made it a favorite for many, including myself.

This season it seems that especially in ties Mathias and Karen have taken a big leap forward. There are more handrolled and untipped ties, more sixfolds and a wider range of fabrics than ever before which as they say themselves - makes this their most exciting tie collection ever. In terms of fabrics there’s gonna be ties made of silk grenadine, wool/silk grenadine, shantung, ancient madder silk, various printed silks, jacquards, wool, wool/silk blends and even cashmere.

For the first time the company also has a wide selection of untipped handrolled ties as well as several untipped six fold versions. But still for many ties they have kept the traditional self tipped option. All Berg&Berg ties are still handmade in Naples or Como with Italian fabrics. 

In addition to ties Berg&Berg also seems to be taking forward their knitwear game. Favorite of previous fall and winter season - basket wave sweater is available again with multiple choices of colors. In case one is looking for a sturdy piece of knitwear to be worn with denim, button-down shirt and a parka jacket - the basket weave is an option to take a look at.

As the collection is still not fully launched one might want to keep an eye on the website in the upcoming weeks. 

image Most of #menswear-afficianados want their ties untipped and with hand rolled edges as it gives the tie a more lightweight feel and maybe even makes it feel a bit more elegant as one can more easily see the details of construction and quality of handwork.

imageStriped shantung silks - Shantung’s natural slubs gives the tie texture and a bit more rustic feel. A really good choice to wear at work during the fall - paired with dark (grey or blue) colored wool suits.

imageOne of the new additions to the selection are the wool/silk grenadines, made of a fabric with an open weave texture that together with the wool fabric gives the tie kind of deep and intense look.

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imageThe scarf selection seems to include a full range of choices featuring cashmere, wool, silk and merino - all made in Biella, Italy or in Scotland by the iconic maker Johnston of Elgin. In terms patterns the selection includes classic plaids, prince of wales, paisleys, houndstooths, solids, herringbones and dots. The most inspiring pieces though are definitely the Jacquard silk / wool scarves with a woven paisley pattern - these are made to be worn with solid wool / cashmere overcoats during the cold and windy days of fall.

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imageIn terms of pockets squares there are some really nice new editions made of soft wools and silk with rich and vibrant colors featuring nicely detailed patterns. Definitely an affordable alternative for many makers such as Rubinacci, Drake’s of London or Vanda Fine Clothing for example.

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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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Double-breasted overcoats, turtleneck sweaters, shades of blue and grey, light weight construction & soft tailoring. In terms of the upcoming fall Italian Tombolini keeps the collection mainly plain and simple - making it interesting by variating fabric choices, patterns and textures.

All in all the look the look book is a good example of “playing simple” with classic elements of menswear - still keeping the look fresh and interesting. Especially some good examples how to include roll neck sweaters to your business wardrobe and how to make them work.

For more pictures of the collection check also the review from Pitti Uomo 85.


Pics via tombolini.it

Starting my vacation on Friday, three weeks out of office - feeling pretty good already. Moving into a new apartment, after that long weekend in Barcelona and few days in Stockholm checking out the upcoming Fashion week. In addition to that some new stuff regarding the blog and tyylit.fi - more than enough to be inspired by.

To put it shortly, this is what this vacation will be all about…

Casual wear, drinks and good food…

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Building up new home - simple and clean it will be…

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Traveling - next up Barcelona and Stockholm…

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Pics via tyylit.tumblr.com

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Beach-wear Sunday
Temperature being around 30°C while waking up, there’s basically no other choices than head to the beach.
I’m not sure if there’s any garments that can keep you cool enough in that heat but opt for lighter tones and light, breathable materials such as linen and light-weight cotton. Rivieras slip-ons are one of my favorite summer shoes as they are suitable not just for the beach but to be used in the city as well.
Good book, a nice towel (and maybe some drinks and sunscreen) into the bag and you’re set to go.
Shirt: Gant Rugger Shorts: Gant Rugger Slip-ons: Rivieras
Tote bag: Jack Spade Shades: Super Sunglasses
Beach towel: Apolis  Book: Mies

Beach-wear Sunday

Temperature being around 30°C while waking up, there’s basically no other choices than head to the beach.

I’m not sure if there’s any garments that can keep you cool enough in that heat but opt for lighter tones and light, breathable materials such as linen and light-weight cotton. Rivieras slip-ons are one of my favorite summer shoes as they are suitable not just for the beach but to be used in the city as well.

Good book, a nice towel (and maybe some drinks and sunscreen) into the bag and you’re set to go.

Shirt: Gant Rugger Shorts: Gant Rugger Slip-ons: Rivieras

Tote bag: Jack Spade Shades: Super Sunglasses

Beach towel: Apolis  Book: Mies