Thursday, 30 December 2010

Counting Sheep

A lot of people have the misconception that wool is a very warm fabric. That is true to a certain extent, but not entirely. Finely woven pure wool is actually a wonderfully light and soft fabric. Because it is 100% natural, it is also very breathable.

A typical weight for Super 120's pure wool is around 280g/m. In comparison, denim is usually over 320g/m. Very technical stuff here, but what I'm trying to say is that if you can wear jeans in our weather, you can wear pure wool.

Pure wool is expensive stuff, but you pay for what you get.

Fabrics that are too soft can sometimes feel a little feminine. One of the great things about wool is that while it is soft and light, it retains a certain structure in it, providing excellent hang in the legs. When given a good ironing, ideally with just a dose of spray starch, you will achieve that paper-thin and well-defined crease down the centre.

You'll notice I didn't say a thing about polyester pants. Because there's nothing sexy about plastic.

Wearing these are not gonna score you any points with the ladies.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Brace Yourselves

Yes, attention to details do take a bit of effort.

If you're the kind who always like to have just a bit of shirt cuff showing, preferably 1/2", when wearing a jacket, you would most probably have come across this problem before. Unless all your shirts and jackets are individually tailored to the exact same specifications, it's inevitable that the sleeve lengths are all slightly different - some longer, some shorter. It seems pretty impossible to nail that perfect 1/2" cuff peeking out from the jacket sleeves.

Help is here.

Or rather, it has always been here.

If you're a fan of those 1950's mafia movies, you'd probably have seen these before on the arms of them tommy-gun-brandishing antagonists.

Metallic elastic armbands like these were more commonly seen during our grandparents' time. That's an era where people actually bothered to dress up. Such a shame really, seeing all that deteriorate into the sloppy slippers/T-shirt get-up so prevalent these days. Somewhere, Cary Grant is rolling his eyes.


So yeah, this clever little invention does wonders. It acts as a brace, keeping your shirt sleeves at your preferred length.

Now you can finally look sharp like the gangsters of yester-years.

Got a super-fitted blazer in Tokyo 2 years ago, but the sleeves were a lil' too short. Wearing a long-sleeve shirt underneath shows way too much cuff. Slipped on the armbands and it appears much tidier. And yes, I like my sleeves shorter than average.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Better Late Than Never

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Pancakes, Anyone?

Notice how all their collars remain stiff and standing? Being as good-looking as them helps, but small attention to details can truly make a world of difference.

There are many little things that you can do to instantly amp-up the style factor of your outfit. One of the most overlooked element is how the collar frames a man's neck and face.

For folks who don't wear ties, their collar will always tend to collapse and flap out after a while. If you wear a jacket, it will get flattened by the lapel and disappear under it. This is sometimes known as the 'pancake collar', and it's never cool to have your clothes associated with your breakfast.

A good collar-stay (those pieces of plastic, or metallic ones if you're the dandy type, that you insert into your collar points) and a handy bottle of spray starch should help immensely. Personally, I prefer to have button-down collars. This will guarantee that the collar stays up. Period. Button-downs look especially great with solid-coloured Oxford cloth shirts.

Button-downs are deeply rooted in American culture. You will find this particular collar-style with almost every American label - from traditional heavyweights like Brooks Brothers, Gitman Bros and Ralph Lauren to trail-blazing contemporaries like Michael Bastian, Thom Browne and Billy Reid.

If button-downs are not your thing, consider having a button-loop under your collar. It stays out of sight, but still keeps the collar standing nonetheless.

Don't like the look of buttoned-down collars? Button-loops under the collar will do the trick as well.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Let it Shine

The natural iridescent properties of pearl can elevate the look of a simple shirt to a whole new level.

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