I officially have a new favorite color - green. The color works with basically everything, especially in my wardrobe where everything is either blue, gray or earth colors. It spices up every outfit and I love the casual looks it gives. This jacket is a unconstructed, soft shouldered, linen jacket from the swedish brand J. Lindeberg. It has patch pockets and tan elbow patches. The few things that makes this jacket lack perfection is the absence of wide lapels, kiss buttonholes and three buttoned rollover instead of two. I have had some problems with the fit of Lindeberg jackets before because of the jacket length, but this one is quite okay. I highly recommend purchasing similar jackets. Anywhosers. What I have received a lot of compliments and inquiries for is the shirt I am wearing today. It is an italian cotton shirt from Morris Stockholm (Heritage line). The fabric is from the house of Albiate. Sadly, the shirt can not be purchased online, and I believe that Morris only distributes their products inside Scandinavia. The shoes are old, and yes - they look old. I have started to like them a little more come summertime and I actually like the way the ages has spilled on them. Being a little tired of using the tassel loafers I believe this is a quite fair replacement, they are just a little too simple for my taste in the long race.
Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future.
Concentrate your mind on the present moment. - Buddha
The look Jacket: J. Lindeberg Trousers: Flanella Grigia Shirt & tie: Morris Stockholm (Heritage line) Pocket square: Boggi Loafers: Sand Accessories: Maledetti Toscani, Buddha and Orian
Challenge: who can see where this outfit is taken from without looking at the photo beneath?
I always tell my customers that trends are like a circle. Especially within menswear. As you might have noticed I have given in and taken the sneaker trend under my wing. I quite recently looked again at this photo on my computer and noticed that Kennedy used a very similar type back in 1962, when the photo was taken. This style is quite remarkable, and even now - 50 years later - he would be a style icon.
I saw this photo a long time ago and I looked at it with admiration and I still do. This is the reason why I chose to make the look today. Everything changes through life and so does your style, but this is something I believe is quite timeless, maybe except with some khaki trousers instead of white.
Again I was forced to use Mr Porter as a main source.
I never shop online, therefore I don't know a lot of websites that includes the right type of menswear at a fair price. After all, my blog is about clothing in this exact price range. Though I eventually will find some more "appropriate" sites.
Welcome to my Instagram. When I know a lot of my followers came to this blog through Instagram first, I would like to get an opinion from you guys. These are my favored #WIWT from the last couple of weeks. I really like doing these posts and when posting them on Instagram they do not require the best resolution ever. Meaning it's easy for me to capture the photos myself and keep a good flow on my account. I would like to get some feedback on what you think about the #WIWT posts and if there are some of the looks you want to see more about in a better setting. Visit my Instagram by pressing the "Instagram" tab above, visiting this page or searching for sartorialliving in the application.
This is the first of the upcoming shopping bag I will update from now on. They will include everything from beach looks to evening wear with pieces I would like to wear and they will be updated at least every week. Look for the tab that says "Supplies" above this post. First I just wanted to try out how this was and if it was blog material. Therefore I have just found pieces from Mr. Porter. After a while I will find pieces from everywhere on the price scale, not solely from the upper. Enjoy! The look Jacket: Boglioli (here) Cargos: AMI (here) Shirt: Hartford (here) Loafers: O'Keeffe (here) Shades: Illesteva (here) Pouchette: Etro (here)
In this post I included two types of footwear. Originally I just wanted to find the most appropriate together with the rest of the outfit, which resulted in two different looks for two different occasions. I'm sincerely having problems with which one to pick; therefore you get them both! Both simple, yet unique... First off is the denim shirt with a double cuff, which I've noticed is extremely hard to find. In fact it was a random buy three seasons back, turning out to be one of the most favored shirts I possess. The color is quite decent, as it makes almost every outfit pop a little extra. And the best thing about it? The texture. With this particular look I relish the combination with the lightweight wool trousers.
Today I wanted to make an outfit that is versatile, meaning that it can be used for many different occasions. I do believe this is such an outfit, that you can use for a party, to work and even to a chilly week end trip. The blue touch of the pouchette together with the blue shoes really makes the outfit, though this also works good without the jacket on and the shirt folded up a notch or two.
Mentionable is also the fact that I newly gained a new favorite color combination: green and neutral. It's such a beautiful combination and it's destined to be used a lot come summer, at least by me.
Coming summer I tend to wear the coolest pieces I own, today with a cotton sport blazer, thin cotton shirt and linen trousers. Everything is sown by hand, even the shirt I believe. This prevents unnecessary fabrics, which also prevents the pieces from being thick and heavy. This season's keyword is "lightweight".
The shoes are also the most versatile shoes I own and I use them as much as I allow myself to, both with or without socks. I try to not use a belt as much as I can (because it looks nicer), but it's difficult as a lot of the trousers grow bigger after usage. A trick is to let them rest on a hanger before you use them again, though I've got in mind that everyone has their favorite trousers. Never the less; try to let them stay in the closet a day or two.
The bag is my one and only week end bag, which my girlfriend gave me as a birthday gift last year. I can see myself using it even more in close future, as the amount of week end getaways and trips to the beach increases from here on out.
I hope you enjoy it and as always: look for links under the pictures to see similar pieces.
The summer is kicking the door in and I know the need of elegant, yet cool, outfits grows bigger inside many of us.
What do you wear when it's too casual with shorts and too hot with a sport jacket?
Today I wore a lightweight wool suit with fabric from the italian house of Vitale Barberis Canonico. The suit has absolutely no inner lining materials, which makes it light and cool. Together with the soft shoulders it feels like wearing nothing. Wide lapels and high cuffs are the key notes of the suit, as it looks just as nice with what I am wearing now as with polished dress shoes.
I do enjoy the casual and laid back look the polo creates when combined with a suit or a sport jacket. I would choose a polo over a shirt any day of the week. Buy one if you don't have one already! Start with a navy blue or moss green if you're not sure about when to wear it or how.
What is special about this look is my choice of footwear. I believe that I've never displayed such casual footwear on the blog ever before. Even so I do not regret the purchase at all. I can wear them like this as well as with linen/cotton trousers, shorts or jeans. Shortly: I can wear it with anything. This is the "got to have" piece of today's post and the price is also fairly low.
I'm sorry about the poor quality of the photo, I will post something similar later on with more shots of details and such.
Anyways... Look for links under the photo to see similar pieces and enjoy!
Have you ever stepped in a mud pit with your nice suede shoes? Did it result in you thinking to yourself that it was bad day to choose suede? Don't worry! I will show you have to fix them fast and even without any products - just water. Background A lot of people think that suede is a terrible garment for rainy days. This is completely wrong. The truth is that suede can be more durable than original leather as long as it is treated right. One inevitable fact is that it has to be real suede. So... In general there are two types of garments we should worry about; split leather and genuine suede. They can look quite the same, but they are actually completely different. The tips I am about to give you should only be used on genuine suede.
Find a cup of water and a cloth. The cloth can be cotton, but I like to use a microfiber cloth because it prevents unnecessary soaking. Be careful with paper, as it can peel of and attach itself to the leather. If you have one - throw in a suede brush as well.
Soak the leather lightly and sweep off the water and dirt spots. Use straight movements until it is nicely divided. Repeat. Stop when the leather contains a moderate amount of water and the spots are gone. Turn the cloth and dry any excess water off with the same movements, until it turns out like on the photo. Remember to be gentle!
To prevent the leather from falling in on itself when wet you should now stuff it with something. The best fabric to use here is silk paper, but original wipes or cotton cloths is also a fair candidate. Stuff it until it causes a small amount of pressure on the leather.
IMPORTANT: let the shoe dry completely before you use it!
After the leather is dry, the color may look a little solid. Now you can use the brush to gently loosen up the leather. Use calm circular motions and be very careful if the brush has metal in it.
This is a poor before and after picture, as the shoe looks a lot darker on the left, but you can see that the toe cap is much cleaner on the right.
KEEP IN MIND: You should not repeat this routine on a daily basis.
I finally got to attach some suspender buttons for my pleated Incotex trousers. I'm quite happy with the result, though I'm sad about the fact that it is nearly impossible to get hands on a decent pair of suspenders around town. Honestly; this is the only pair of suspenders I own. Anyways. A week ago I got my hands on a pair of Lottusse single monkstraps. I've been looking at them for some time, when I was wondering how versatile they could be with my wardrobe, as the style is quite different from the other items I own. I do not regret the purchase at all, it turns out that the shoes are perfect with almost everything. They are even good suit shoes, which is something I have been looking for a while. When I have time I will start posting more about how to wear different pieces/colors/textures together and how to fit a decent suit. So stay tuned! Press the links under the photos to see similar pieces.
In this look I do believe that the pant is the main piece. As you can see in the last photo, it is tailored with waistband tighteners and two pleats. In the past, pants with tighteners have been preoccupied sartorial pieces (made to measure). This is no such thing, but a ready to wear piece from the italian brand Incotex. The distributer of the brand is called Slowear, which also delivers an other brand that I am particularly satisfied with; Zanone. Though the pieces are high in cost, they are really worth the money. The fabrics are amazing and the cuts are perfect.
What has to be mentioned is the rain coat I am wearing today.
The brand has revolutionized the weather jackets and taken it to a whole new level. What is special about the jackets in general is that some of them is constructed with membrane that has a waterproofness of 20.000 mm. Inside there is used PrimaLoft which, combined with the membrane, also allows the jacket to breathe.
The one I am wearing in these pictures is only resistant to water, where the rain just pours off. The amazing thing about this particular piece is that it has a warmth reflecting inside, which makes the jacket go down to 0 degrees, with just a total weight of 120 grams! It is actually a norwegian brand and you can visit their website here. Get one!
The sport jacket has been displayed in an other post just some few days ago as well. Click here to read more about it.
People are floating a lot of stories about why some men chose to wear the watch over their cuff. This sounds like one of the most believable ones I have heard. People believe it to be the need of showing accessories. This is not true. By doing this one hides the watch even more when the watch lies too high upwards the wrist (assuming you have the right shirt length of course). There is also a practical factor behind it, which is that long cuffed shirts are prevented to slide down by the hold of the watch. Again not the reason behind. As a friend told me; it all origins back to the italians, surprisingly, and it is really simple. When the italians got their made to measure shirts sown, the cuff was so tight that there was no room for the watch underneath. This resulted in wearing the watch outside the shirt instead and they made a new trend. So now you know! Personally I do not have any problem with the small watch I wear at the moment, so I solely use it for the looks of it. This is taken from my Instagram feed (link on the home page).
The watch is a Seiko Connaisseur from the early 80s.