“Equivalency” Continued

by MWM

Since I had fun doing the “local equivalent” post, thought I’d do another one…


Just want to emphasize (though no one’s asked), that this isn’t a critique of hespokestyle.com‘s taste or wardrobe. As a matter of fact, just the opposite. Sites like his and other men’s blogs are there to inspire people like myself, to find their own particular style and develop it.

Hopefully, in the end, I can vary and take (successful) risks with my own style, which I admit can be a bit too same-y and dull at times. So, big ups to these guys.

From his May wardrobe recap:

(* Didn’t bother including the hat – just not my taste, sorry. Would rather wear sunglasses if it’s bright out.)

Day 1

Day 1 – Easily translatable (and a personal favorite) look – chambray shirt with beige khakis. To vary it a bit, and to cater to the weather, I went with a short-sleeve version. You can go a step further and pair it with chino shorts and boat shoes, to give it a casual-hot-weather look, but I think pants and suede brogues is solid (and works well both indoors or outdoors). With the suede, it might be difficult to pull off in oftentimes rainy weather, so just be careful (and research the weather forecast).

Day 2

Day 2 – Kind of a Bourne Identity look. Pretty badass, but a bomber jacket might be a bit too hot. For rainy weather, or whenever a light jacket is needed, I would opt instead for a classic Harrington. Same outline, but a bit lighter  (thickness-wise), and with the plaid lining, more stylish. (Shoes are from great local brand Flying Dutchman, by the way).

Day 3

Day 3 – A look that I think is meant for a wedding(?) or formal day occasion – meaning something dressed-up but cool (breezy) at the same time. To that end, a lighter blue linen blazer is appropriate but not as flamboyant or attention-grabbing as the pink; coupled with a crisp white shirt (buttoned-collar but not oxford cloth). To top (or bottom) things off, and so as not to use the default beige chino or khaki, go with a light grey formal trouser instead.

Day 4aDay 4 – This kinda works, although even with his striped polo, it still looks a bit pale. My philosophy is if you’re gonna go with a light piece, the other one should contrast more (although dark-on-dark pieces tend to work better together, I think). Instead of a thick stripe polo, a light-blue striped polo (with tiny, not thick lines) sets it apart from a typical light blue solid. Again, as not to always go for khaki or chino, I chose a lighter grey chino.

Day 5

Day 5 – Definitely a translatable look – plaid shirt, jeans and suede shoes. Except for the darkened jeans, an almost-exact translation, which means this look can pretty much work just as well here as there.

Day 6

Day 6 – Just like the original, with a slight tonal change in pants and a grey jacket. Thought I’d mix it up a bit chambray shirt-wise, this time with a long-sleeved number, as that’s more appropriate with a jacket. The whole look is more formal; it suits, say, a fancy dinner or a gallery opening. If you want to dress down a bit, forgo the blazer and go with a grey cardigan instead.

Day 7

Day 7 – Hm, that jacket’s just a bit too kooky and not-too-successful a style move (see what I mean about risks?), at least for me. If I were to go out of my comfort zone a bit, and try to wear a statement piece, it would still be grounded in something basic. Like say, a textured or striped cardigan. Not the typical style cardigan, due to its unique, distinct detailing. Also went with a different denim shirt so as not go all chambray all the time (like khakis).

Day 8

Day 8 – Again, not going for the pink blazer. On the other hand, a burgundy cardigan is a sorta similar, but more solid piece – not as ubiquitous as the typical navy or grey shade; but just like those two, goes well with just about anything, without looking too flamboyant or outre. Overall, a bit too basic a look, but what the hey, let’s wrap this up!