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Shawl collar cardigan is one of the garments in men’s wardrobe that’s appropriate through the year. However fall is maybe the most obvious to wear one. The circular line of the collar nicely frames the face and protects the neck  while the body of the knit keeps the wearer comfortable and warm.

imageLayering with cardigans by Drake’s London.

How to wear a shawl collar cardigan?

In general shawl collar cardigans are easy to combine and can be used not only with jeans or chinos and a sport shirt but as well as a “replacement” for sport coat with grey flannel slacks, dress shirt and a tie. Once again versatility is the key when talking about shawl collar cardigans.  It can stand in when a sport coat would be a little too formal, it’s an easy on-and-off layer for those days when you’re moving between indoors and outdoors, and there are not many body types a shawl collar cardigan would not look good on.

In case looking for a shawl collar cardigan there are however few things to consider. If you are looking something that will work as a jacket / sport coat-replacement, try to find something a slimmer and more fitted. In case you are looking something to wear with your t-shirt and denim, it’s suitable to check for options more slouchy and even a bit oversized.  Also, pay attention to the collar, which should rather be of a substantial size and roll nicely through the collar.

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Season after season Loro Piana comes up with collections that underlines the ease, elegance and form of Italian style of being dressed-up but still casual and “chic” together with Italian craftsmanship. For the season on hand the collection shows full range of garments combining casual and “cosy” gear together with classic elements and style.

imageThe look book of the season offers multiple ideas of how to combine white or light colored trousers into your fall and winter wardrobe - here together with blue oxford and grey cashmere. The jacket made of lighweight Finnish buckskin - exclusive for Loro Piana.

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Weekend inspiration - casual & cashmere
In case you wear suits, sport coats and other more or less formal garments during the week you might want to go for something more casual when it comes to weekends. And for that there might not be a better combination than denim, suede and a field jacket. 
In terms of field jackets Aspesi has always been one of my favorites. For this season at Mr.Porter there is available a beautiful version of their classic M-65, made of hand-woven pure new wool by Harris Tweed. As the jackets is fully lined in smooth shell and lightly padded with Thermore’s patented insulation - it will keep you warm even when the weather gets colder.
I’ve personally been really satisfied with the quality of Uniqlo’s cashmere sweaters and considering the price I dare to say they are really good value. The off-white color is optimal to balance the shades of brown, green and blue.
Field Jacket: Aspesi Sweater: Uniqlo Shirt: Rose&Born Jeans: A.P.C
Shoes: Alfred Sargent Beanie&Scarf: Berg&Berg 
Weekender: Rose&Born Bracelets: DCI Sweden

Weekend inspiration - casual & cashmere

In case you wear suits, sport coats and other more or less formal garments during the week you might want to go for something more casual when it comes to weekends. And for that there might not be a better combination than denim, suede and a field jacket. 

In terms of field jackets Aspesi has always been one of my favorites. For this season at Mr.Porter there is available a beautiful version of their classic M-65, made of hand-woven pure new wool by Harris Tweed. As the jackets is fully lined in smooth shell and lightly padded with Thermore’s patented insulation - it will keep you warm even when the weather gets colder.

I’ve personally been really satisfied with the quality of Uniqlo’s cashmere sweaters and considering the price I dare to say they are really good value. The off-white color is optimal to balance the shades of brown, green and blue.

Field Jacket: Aspesi Sweater: Uniqlo Shirt: Rose&Born Jeans: A.P.C

Shoes: Alfred Sargent Beanie&Scarf: Berg&Berg 

Weekender: Rose&Born Bracelets: DCI Sweden

As a Thursday throwback taking a look of G.Abo Napoli, a brand I guess many people interested in #menswear have heard but still do not much much about. In June while Pitti Uomo in Florence I paid a visit at their “showroom” together with the guys from Sauma to take a bit closer look of their offerings for the next spring and summer season.

G.Abo is a company run by two cousins - Gianfranco and Giuseppe who in 2006 decided to bring back alive an old family company originally founded by their grandfather. By mixing tradition and fashion with a pretty distinctive Neapolitan house style the company wants to offer well-made garments still featuring a reasonable price tag. For many G.Abo is interesting thanks to bold patterns and interesting fabric choices.

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UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi

UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14

A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 

This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.

Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.

More about the collection @tyylit.fi

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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