We haven’t done our usual “sunday-inspiration” rounds via tyylit.fi for a while but yesterday got back on track.
Just something to start the week and to be inspired by during sunny summer days…
In general one can find very varying opinions regarding Massimo Dutti, their selection and the quality of their pieces, especially in terms of their men’s selection.
I’ve personally always been kind of in favor for the aesthetics and overall look of their pieces and considered that MD is definitely an option worth considering especially for anyone looking to build up a wardrobe on a bit more limited budget. Although it needs to be said that MD is also (as H&M, Gutteridge, Uniqlo etc) a place where one need to be careful and “know what to buy” as there are pieces in the mix where the price and quality unfortunately are not in balance.
As Massimo Dutti a while ago started their summer sale I decided to take a quick look of their offerings and there are actually some really nice pieces available and some worth of a look combinations in case looking for summer inspiration. In the pics actually can be seen (what I feel is) the strength of MD; use of simple and toned down colors and casual but still chic mixing of different pieces. As I’m having the second week of my vacation, these combinations are actually pretty much like the ones I can be seen wearing during the days in the city.
If just at some point they would start shipping to Finland…
In my opinion, (suede) loafer is the ultimate summer shoe.
Loafers in general, especially penny loafer is a model that is a classic but has also become increasingly popular among footwear manufacturers (and #menswear aficionados) recently.
One of the best features when talking about loafers is the versatility as they can be combined with shorts in summer on one day and paired with a suit on another. Some wear them sockless some add personal style by using socks with multiple colors and patterns. Finally some want their loafers in brown calf leather so that they can create a nice patina, some prefer suede and for one black patent leather is the right choice.
As said, loafers are a perennial menswear classic and no matter what your style is, there’s basically a loafer for every type of guy. The shoe is a staple for guys in love with the sleek Italian style, essential part of the Ivy League uniform and finally everyday choice for casual oriented streetwear homies.
All in all loafers are really shoes to be worn – as practical as they are stylish.
Every Sunday we try to do an inspirational round-up via tyylit.fi-tumblr - based on the pics that I’ve come across during the week or by digging some nice stuff from the archives. This time I decided to pick few things from there to highlight things I find inspirational at the moment.
Lightweight sport coat…
Wrote a while ago about sport coats for the spring and summer (find it from here). I’m really a fond of double-breasted jackets and this one by G.Abo Napoli (available via Spiga3, which just also started their summer sale today) is one of the nicest I’ve seen for this season. Light colored, soft shapes and featuring bold but still low-key windowpane pattern.
White shirt is a summer staple. Or well, it’s a staple for every season. But still it’s somehow undervalued. White shirt is a versatile option that’s so much more than just a shirt for the most formal occasions. As you can see from the pics below, it goes as well with a nice summer jacket and lightweight flannels (Menco / La Couleur Blanche shows how it’s done) than with a pair of denim in the most casual combinations.
Pitti Uomo 86…
In three weeks it’s once again time to hit the streets of Florence as the 86th Pitti Uomo fair gets started. Below is one of my favorite shots which I took myself two years ago when I was visiting Fortezza da Basso for the first time. Mr. Brunello Cucinelli in his uniform and a lady perfectly dressed radiating pure elegance.
The end of school year is soon coming to an end. Wrote about dressing up for one’s graduation party as I know there’s still many who are looking for the right outfit - even though the celebration takes place in less than 2 weeks.
The post (in Finnish) is now up @tyylit.fi.
To put it shortly - there’s 8 brief points to consider.
A while ago, after Pitti Uomo 85 I wrote about THE GIGI, a “newcomer” on the market. The GIGI is a project by Mario and Pierluigi Boglioli who with this new label want to experiment, research and to create new innovations in terms of materials, processing techniques and finishes.
Recently I just got a glimpse of their upcoming look book which - even though it’s almost summer - I wanted to share. The pictures seen below really nicely showcase the collection that’s build on softness, maximum comfort, rough textures and sporty feelings without making any compromises in terms of quality. The softness and treatments of fabrics used along with the high degree of handwork invested in each piece results in a line that is interesting, challenging, creative and distinguishable. This look book almost cause you to miss for the fall.
The company is also just finishing it’s new website so keep your eyes on that and stay tuned.
The “knitted” sport coat under the double-breasted overcoat looks fantastic for casual fall days.
One of the most interesting point of views in the collection are the different prints as seen in this sport coat.
More prints and earthy tones. The softness of fabrics makes most of them to seem and feel like a second skin.
I’ve recently got some questions regarding shorts, if I had any outfits wearing them or any ideas how to wear them in general. And here’s few thoughts that are pretty much based on a post I actually wrote last summer for Opumo Editors’ Notes but that definitely remains to be valid. And some of my favorite pairs of shorts for this summer.
In general, shorts can be tough to pull of even you wouldn’t think that in the first place. However one thing guys often seems to forget is that in terms of shorts the fit is as important as it is with any other garment. Often you see men wearing baggy shorts that are definitely too big and sloppy on thighs, some are too long so that they look like some capri-trousers or otherwise have just a bad fit. One reason for that may be the fact that high-quality and well-fitted shorts usually costs the same amount than “normal trousers” which can be a deal-breaker for many.
But one more time, don’t underestimate the influence of a good (or bad) fit.
Shorts also have generally been considered as a part of more casual dressing and some may even think that shorts should not be worn in the cities. During the last few summers however I think we’ve seen more and more shorts as part of more dressed-up combination and last summer at Pitti Uomo for example many guys were pairing their sport coats and blazers with shorts (which can be done very nicely as seen in the pic below).
One of my all-time favorite shorts-ensembles - photo via The Sartorialist.
Casual combinations from my last summer visit in Como.
Rugged x Tailored - photo via Les Fréres JO
Well, who would play it better than the master himself…
And in case you are looking for a new pair of shorts for this summer, here are some options to check out.